Results of the Childcare and Parenting Support Survey Are Now Available!

In summer 2016, the Action Strategy Equitable Access to Programs and Services Team (Access Team) worked with SMS Research to conduct a survey of parents of children aged 5 and younger. The main goals of the survey were to assess:

  • Current childcare arrangements including the entities that provide care, the location at which childcare is provided, the amount of time per day and week childcare services are used, and the current cost of care
  • Important factors that influence decisions about childcare
  • The extent to which Hawai‘i families are aware of and use various parenting support services and programs.

420 people completed the survey and the findings can be generalized to the population of Hawai‘i households with children aged 5 years and younger with 95% confidence. Of the respondents, 256 were on Oahu, 114 on Maui, 43 on Hawai‘i Island, 11 on Kaua‘i.

The Access Team has created preliminary recommendations from the survey data analysis. When the recommendations are finalized, they will be posted here. The recommendations are related to policies and strategies that will increase access to childcare and parenting supports across Hawai‘i.

Some highlights of the research findings:

  • The highest need for childcare is during the week during the workday.
  • The majority of families report that a spouse or other family member cared for their child in the 7 days preceding the survey. Although nearly 60 percent of parents report that a non-spouse/partner family member cared for their child, they also report that the family member is likely to provide care on only one day out of the week. Preschools, childcare centers, or individual childcare providers seem to be the entities that parents rely upon for regular care for most days out of the work week.
  • The majority of parents report that the childcare centers that provide care for their children are licensed, but that individual care providers and family members are not.
  • The overwhelming majority of parents report being satisfied or very satisfied with the care provided by the parties who currently care for their children.
  • The average monthly total out-of-pocket costs for childcare across the sample is about $435.00.
  • About 20 percent of parents report being the recipients of financial assistance for childcare. Lower income families most commonly report Childcare Connections as the source of their financial support. Higher income families report that their support comes from the Pauahi Scholarship.
  • The average amount received per month, per child in childcare cost subsidies is about $450.00.
  • Parents report high quality of care, location of the provider, and the provider’s ability to prepare their children for kindergarten as being most important in their decision about selecting a childcare provider.
  • Quality of care, cost, and location of the provider are reported by the majority of parents as factors that influenced an actual childcare provider selection.
  • Parents most commonly report that the most helpful parenting support service would be those that provide assistance with activities to do with their children.
  • Parents generally agree that they require more information about parenting support services and programs available in their communities, and they express less agreement with the fact that available information is easy to access. Parents also report that they do not know where to go for information about childcare cost subsidies.
  • Families reporting annual incomes of $40,000 or less consider different factors when making a decision about a childcare provider than do families with incomes in excess of $70,000. Higher-earning families prioritize quality over cost whereas lower-earning families are forced into trading off quality for affordability.

The full survey is available as a PDF download. If you have questions or suggestions for recommendations based on the report, please contact Access Team Conveners, Kerrie Urosevich, or Ka‘ina Bonacorsi,

Please Help Identify Childcare and Parenting Support Needs in Hawaii

Hawaii’s Early Childhood Action Strategy is conducting a statewide survey to identify childcare and parenting support needs. Action Strategy is asking for your help in distributing the survey as widely as possible to reach as many parents of children aged five and under as we can.

The survey will inform policy and programmatic recommendations related to infant and toddler care, family childcare, preschool, and parenting support programs. If you have children aged five and under living in your home, please take this survey and ask your friends to do the same.

If you work with parents of children aged five and under, please distribute the survey link ( to parents and encourage them to make their voice heard.

If you work with organizations that can reach those parents, such as employers, employee associations, parent groups, social services organizations and other networks, please ask them to distribute this survey to parents.

Survey results are anonymous. An FAQ about the survey explains more about how it was created and why it is needed. Please feel free to adapt this sample language as you share the survey link on social media and through email.

“Building the New:” Action Strategy’s Pathway

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”

Baby brain development is all about building the new—building neural pathways that form a healthy foundation for lifelong development. By the end of a baby’s first month of life, most babies can hold a parent’s gaze and follow a parent’s voice, snuggle into someone holding them, lift and hold their heads when on their bellies, and communicate with coos and other adorable sounds. While that may not sound like much in the abstract, that’s a lot of progress for a tiny human!

Action Strategy has also made a lot of progress in its first month of being convened outside of state government. As of Feb. 1, 2016, Action Strategy is convened out of Collaborative Leaders Network (CLN), the nonprofit organization that has served as the backbone organization to the Action Strategy since the Executive Office on Early Learning was established in 2012.

Same Structure, Same Strategies

In terms of structure, goals, and strategies for moving the work forward, nothing has been changed by the move. The six Teams, each convened by one public and one private partner, meet monthly to work toward four overarching outcomes:

  • Increase in percentage of babies born healthy
  • Increase in percentage of young children with development on track
  • Increase in percentage of children who enter kindergarten ready for school
  • Increase in percentage of children who are proficient learners in third grade.

The Teams will come together three times in 2016 for All Teams meetings at Ko‘olau Ballroom, and the Convener Team meets every other month to coordinate across teams. The Convener Team consists of the conveners of each Team and Action Strategy staff. The Early Learning Advisory Board (ELAB) chair and the director of the Executive Office of Early Learning are both invited to these meetings to ensure all three entities are working together to achieve the best outcomes for Hawaii’s keiki.

All Teams meetings are open to participants on any of the teams, plus partners who may not be able to participate on a Team but whose work furthers the overarching outcomes and intersects with Action Strategy efforts. All Teams meetings are held from 8:30-1:00 at Ko`olau Ballroom in Kanoehe. Dates are as follows:

  • Thursday, April 14, 2016
  • Thursday, August 11, 2016
  • Thursday, November 10, 2016

New Resources, New Location

Just as a baby’s development follows a typical path, the lifecycles of collective impact initiatives follow a typical path and Action Strategy is now in the implementation phase. Implementation requires flexibility and an environment that encourages experimentation and risk-taking. For Action Strategy, implementation includes obtaining funding for innovative, cross-sector projects and initiatives that contribute to the four overarching outcomes.

  • As Action Strategy entered the implementation phase, it became apparent that convening the initiative from a neutral nonprofit organization would
  • Embed the coordinating function in an environment that encourages risk-taking, flexibility, collaboration and experimentation
  • Increase the flexibility of the backbone organization to mobilize funding to support Action Strategy priorities
  • Provide more stable and ongoing support of the Action Strategy across political cycles
  • Allow for necessary differences and flexibility between long-term Action Strategy priorities and those of public partners.

Talking Points and an FAQ provide more details about Action Strategy’s closer alliance with CLN. In terms of new location, Collaborative Leaders Network (CLN) is located in the TOPA Financial Center at 700 Bishop Street in downtown Honolulu. Action Strategy Coordinator Kerrie Urosevich and Project Coordinator Karen Worthington have office space at CLN and access to meeting space and other resources through CLN.

Together We Will “Build the New”

Action Strategy’s ultimate goal is a comprehensive, coordinated early childhood system for Hawaii. Achieving this goal benefits everyone in Hawaii, regardless of age, and requires the involvement of everyone who can contribute their wisdom to the collective impact. Please contact Action Strategy to learn more about how you can be involved with this life-changing initiative.

Check in with the Action Strategy blog every few weeks to learn how:

  • Action Strategy is improving outcomes for children
  • You can connect with this initiative
  • The Collective Impact process works

March 12th All Teams’ Meeting

Mahalo nui loa to everyone who attended our March 12th All Team’s Meeting.  Given everyone’s  busy schedules and legislative session demands, we had about 85 partners attend!  It is a gift to have the opportunity to come together three times a year to celebrate progress, be inspired and learn in cross-teams.  I will be posting the presentation materials, but in the meantime, please see agenda below.  We had the privilege of hearing from families about how “they system” has effectively partnered with them to support their young children.  We also heard recommendations for improvement.  We then took that information and worked in cross-teams to identify ways we can improve family partnerships and the tools that would be needed for professional development.  The feedback will go back to the Quality Team to inform the development of trainings on the Family Partnership Guidelines.  Thank you again for your active participation!

Our next All Teams’ meeting will be held August 13th, please save the date!  The meeting will be at Koolau Ballroom from 8:30-1:00.

“Kids go where there is excitement.  They stay where there is love.”  – Zig Ziglar

See you all at your next Team meeting!




Action Strategy All Teams’ Meeting Agenda


Ko`olau Ballroom, 45-550 Kionaole Rd.

Kaneohe, HI 96744

Getting to “YES”

Meeting Goals:

  1. Receive important EOEL and Action Strategy updates
  2. Receive important update from Governor Ige’s Administration
  3. Hear about what works for families when in “partnership”
  4. Learn new family partnership strategies across teams and settings
  5. Inform the Quality Team about Family Partnership training needs
  6. Learn a new tool for creating solutions

 8:00- 8:30 Check-in and Refreshments

8:30-9:30 Updates

  • EOEL Transition Update (Kerrie Urosevich)
  • DOE-EOEL Preschool Program Update (Lauren Moriguchi)
  • Charter School Preschool Update (Deanne Goya)
  • Action Strategy Update  (Kerrie Urosevich)

9:30-10:00 Family Voices

 10:00-11:40 Cross-Team 6 Thinking Hats Exercise

11:45-12:00- Wrap-Up

 12:00-12:15 – Governor Ige’s Administration Update, Laurel Johnston, Deputy Chief of Staff

12:15-1:00 Lunch

** Early Learning Advisory Board meeting to follow at 1:30

A toast to 2014 and a leap into 2015

Happy New Year MVPs of Early Childhood!

As 2014 comes to a close, we have much to be thankful for! In addition to the successes below, we know many other wins are in progress and will be achieved in 2015. These successes and the improvement and integration of the early childhood system would not be possible without all of you coming to the table, willing to share ideas, resources and especially your time with one another to ensure we are doing our very best for our youngest children.

Our system’s building priorities include:

  • Establishing a Children’s Cabinet
  • Establishing an Early Childhood Professional Development System
  • Developing a Comprehensive Screening, Assessment and Intervention System
  • Contributing to the Formation of an Early Childhood Data Collaborative
  • Creating a continuum of Family Partnership and Leadership Development Across the Early Childhood System
  • Increasing Access to Home Visitation, Licensed Family Childcare, Center-based Programs and Family Child Interactive Learning Programs

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