Successes

PROCESS and PLANNING

  • Maintained and built momentum of the Action Strategy with participation from DOH, DHS, DOE, Higher Education, American Academy of Pediatrics and multiple community partners
  • Formed six Action Strategy teams with conveners from private and public sectors
  • Identified strategies and metrics for each team
  • Established Action Strategy meeting structures with monthly team meetings, monthly convener meetings and three annual all-teams meetings

HEALTH

  • Awarded as 1 of 4 states, the National Governor’s Association Technical Assistance award to develop cross-sector collaborations to decrease pre-term births and infant mortality
  • Established a maternal and infant health collaborative with public/private members to reduce preterm births and reduce infant mortality
  • Received a technical assistance grant from the National Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN) to Reduce Infant Mortality initiative. The grant will help support implementation and the creation of data systems to track progress
  • Aligned metrics with Department of Health priorities and Healthy People 2020 goals
  • Received grant from American Academy of Pediatrics to build bridges between health and early childhood systems

SAFETY

  • Selected as 1 of 6 communities nationwide by ZERO TO THREE to form a multidisciplinary peer learning and support team, tasked with reviewing training modules to improve safety of young children birth to age three
  • Created a center-based provider survey to poll what family strengthening supports programs provide for their families to inform family strengthening core competencies
  • Partnered with Hawaii Says No More Campaign, Hawaii Children’s Trust Fund, Domestic Violence Action Network and One Strong Ohana to advance prevention campaigns
  • Partnered with the National Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention partners to align prevention metrics

DEVELOPMENT

  • Created Health and Wellness guidelines for early childhood settings
  • Secured National technical assistance grant from the Maternal and Child Health Workforce Development Center to support work on increasing developmental screenings, referrals and utilization of services
  • Partnered with Hawaii’s Collective Impact effort to create a screening coalition to increase the number of children screened statewide and create a shared screening database

ACCESS

  • Solidified partnership with AUW 211 to create an early childhood virtual hub
  • Established the DOE-EOEL preschool program
  • Secured $3 million dollars from State legislature to establish State funded prekindergarten
  • Launched a public outreach effort to support families and providers about the change in kindergarten age
  • Created a public assistance applications folder for early childhood providers that includes information on SNAP, TANF, WIC, Section 8, Childcare subsidies and Medquest for eligible families

QUALITY

  • Created Family Partnership Guidelines and Indicators. Endorsed by the Early Learning Advisory Board [ELAB]
  • Developed center-based vignettes and storylines to support the Family Partnership Guidelines to be used in trainings
  • Adopted the Hawaii Early Learning and Development Standards (HELDS) and developed support materials through a competitive bidding process
  • Created Guiding Principles on Child Assessment. Endorsed by the Early Learning Advisory Board (ELAB)
  • Selected as 1 of 6 states to participate in the National Governor’s Association Policy Academy Award to develop assessment policies for birth through grade 3

TRANSITIONS

  • Aligned STEPS strategic plan with Action Strategy transition goals
  • Conducted a State Transitions Conference
  • Conducted STEPS Transition Trainings across the state
  • Established new transition community teams in two school complexes
  • Created a Transitions Training Sustainability Plan
  • Incorporated best practices for successful transitions into Department of Health (DOH) and Department of Education (DOE) Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
  • Incorporated best practices for successful transitions into Department of Health (DOH) and Head Start Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

DATA

  • Formed data sharing collaborations for developmental screenings and referrals
  • Created a data dashboard to track Action Strategy progress
  • Continued involvement with the identification and development of early childhood data elements to the Hawaii Data eXchange Partnership, Hawaii’s cross-sector longitudinal database

updated:  10.2014