Focus Areas and Objectives

Inspiration for the action strategy was taken from a national, research-based framework, “Pathways to Children Ready for School and Succeeding at Third Grade,” by Lisbeth B. Schorr and Vicky Marchand (The Pathways Initiative, June 2007). The focus areas for the action strategy have been adapted for Hawaii, based on decades of work among island-based, culturally appropriate early childhood advocates.  It is our firm belief that meeting our goals under each focus area will improve the lives of Hawaii’s young children and increase their chances of life-long success.

Overarching Vision

Hawaii’s young children are valued, safe, healthy, ready for school and succeeding at third grade.

Team  1: Healthy and Welcomed Births


  • Improve pre- and inter-conception care for women
  • Improve care during pregnancy and delivery
  • Decrease infant mortality and morbidity in the first year of life

Team 2:  Nurturing and Safe Families


  • Work with state partners to identify family strengthening supports and services offered throughout the state
  • Develop family strengthening core competencies and trainings for early childhood practitioners
  • Advance family strenghtening public awareness campaign and community engagement

Team 3: On-track Health and Development


  • Coordinate with partners, a package of comprehensive screenings for early detection
  • Create a framework for a screening-referral-utilization of services feedback loop within the medical home model
  • Establish an early childhood tracking and monitoring system to monitor health and development
  • Implement health and wellness guidelines in early childhood settings
  • Promote the social and emotional health of infants, toddlers and preschool age children

Team  4: Equitable Access to Programs and Services


  • Establish virtual, physical and mobile hubs or one-stop-shops to connect families with services
  • ·Improve access to state and federal supports for eligible families
  • Increase families in accessing care and early learning programs in: Home Visitation programs, Licensed Family Child Care, Family-Child Interactive Learning Programs and Center-Based programs
  • Improve access and supports for dual -language learner families

Team 5: High Quality Early Learning Programs


  • Coordinate professional development across all program settings on Hawaii’s Early Learning and Development Standards (HELDS); Family Partnership Guidelines (FPGs); and Formative Assessments
  • Develop a system of Continuous Quality Improvement across all program settings
  • Support the development of a qualified early childhood workforce

Team 6: Alignment and Transition Support Between Early Childhood Programs and into the K-3 System


  • Formalize STEPS infrastructure to suport transitions between early childhood environments and kindergarten
  • Create school-based teams comprised of early childhood and K-3 professionals
  • Create policies and procedures to share information and supports between early learning programs and kindergarten
  • Inform the development of an Individual Kindergarten Readiness Assessment system


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