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Young children and their families receive services from a variety of public and private organizations and agencies. Our historical approach to early childhood development and learning in Hawai`i has been a patchwork system of public and private programs and services, administered by multiple agencies who often work in silos. The system can be difficult to navigate for families, referring providers and direct service agencies and organizations. Challenges in navigation and lack of services, particularly in rural communities can directly impede on young children’s healthy development. The Early Childhood Action Strategy works closely with public and private partners to improve the coordination of efforts, fill gaps and better support our youngest children and their families.
WHAT IS THE BACKGROUND OF EARLY CHILDHOOD ACTION STRATEGY?
In 2012, EOEL, in partnership with over 80 private and public partners, identified six critical focus areas as building blocks for the establishment of a comprehensive and integrated early childhood system. This initiative led to the creation of the Early Childhood Action Strategy, “Taking Action for Hawaii’s Children.” The Action Strategy focuses on children, prenatal to age 8, across the domains of health, safety, care and education. The Action Strategy is modeled after Lisbeth Schorr’s Pathways to Third Grade Success framework, housed at the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP). Teams in the focus areas identify goals, objectives, strategies and implementation partners to address gaps in the system of care for young children. Focus areas are co-convened by public-private partners.
Action Strategy is operationalized and measured based on how well we are supporting a child’s development. If a child enters the world healthy and welcomed and is supported by a nurturing and safe family, the child has a much greater chance at achieving on-track health and development. When families need supports for their children, we want to ensure equitable access to programs and services and opportunities for high-quality early learning programs. If we can accomplish these goals, the child will be ready to thrive when he or she enters kindergarten.
To see our Action Strategy Project Teams as of January 2018, click on the teams tab. If you or your organization is interested in getting involved in these projects, please sign-up on our home page.
May 2012. An early childhood retreat occurred in which State leaders and community partners met with Bill Fulton and Jodi Hardin from the Denver-based Civic Canopy to brainstorm an initial process for designing the Executive Office on Early Learning’s strategic plan, under Governor Neal Abercrombie.
July 2012. Six focus areas were identified. Leaders for each of the six focus areas were recruited and over 80 public and private stakeholders invited to participate in working groups to develop a large context map of Hawaii’s early childhood landscape. R. Scott Spann, MPA, and Founder of Innate Strategies was hired to facilitate the mapping process.
September 2012. Key strategies and outcomes for each focus area for integrating the early childhood system were developed, based on best practice research and identified “levers of change” from the mapping process. Strategies were endorsed by the Early Learning Advisory Board (ELAB).
January 2013. Hawai`i’s Early Childhood Action Strategy was launched. The plan was finalized and implementation began. Collaborative Leaders Network serves as the backbone organization of the planning and implementation of the Early Action Strategy.
August 2013. U.S. Education Delivery Institute was contracted to assist in developing planning and governance mechanisms.
January 2014. Work plans, metrics, delivery chains and evaluation rubrics for each focus area were created.
July 2014. Implementation continued and Action Strategy leaders were invited to participate in a Systems Design Innovation Lab to receive mentoring from international Systems Design experts.
December 2015. Governor Ige became the new Governor. Action Strategy teams continued to meet and implement through the transition of Administrations. Governor Ige decided to keep Action Strategy work in the Governor’s Office to maintain a neutral location for convening departments and community partners.
July 2015. Executive Office on Early Learning moved to the Department of Education as an attached agency. EOEL and Action Strategy continued to work closely with one another.
February 2016- Present. To enable Action Strategy to secure more private funding, Action Strategy was moved to Collaborative Leaders Network in 2016, the organization that has served as the backbone since 2012. Collaborative Leaders Network contracts two full-time positions and one part-time position to coordinate the Action Strategy and provides resources to support collaboration.
Our work is organized into six cross-disciplinary focus areas identified through the Executive Office on Early Learning’s strategic planning process that occurred in 2012. The Action Strategy is modeled after Lisbeth Schorr’s Pathways to Third Grade Success framework, housed at the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP). Teams in the focus areas identify goals, objectives, strategies and implementation partners to address gaps in the system of care for young children. Focus areas are co-convened by public-private partners.
*HMIHC- Hawai`i Maternal and Infant Health Collaborative
HOW CAN I STAY UP TO DATE WITH ECAS?
Please select which team you are interested in and contact one of the conveners to find out more information about upcoming meetings. You can also contact Kerrie Urosevich at Kerrie@clnhawaii.org and she can put you in touch with team conveners and get you signed up on the ECAS email list.