2018 accomplishments

  • Expanding the public, private & philanthropic conversation about how best to support early childhood development

  • Supporting the development of the Executive Office of Early Learning Early Childhood Strategic Plan

  • Developing a dashboard of indicators of early childhood well being in Hawaii noting gaps and disparities in outcomes by region, ethnicity, and socio-economic status

  • Facilitating design thinking across the community of early childhood professionals through Smallify workshops and labs. To date, 14 teams have participated. Key topics in 2018 included: breastfeeding, resiliency, and data sharing.

  • Aligning ECAS cross-team efforts concerning early childhood social and emotional development

  • Amplifying the voice of the early childhood community by advancing public policy priorities for the 2019 legislative cycle

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Preconception Team

Expanded access to Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARC) with support from National Institute of Reproductive Health (NIRH) grant

  • Expanded implementation of One Key Question (OKQ) Reproductive Life Planning Tool (400 individuals trained)

  • Partnered with UH School of Pharmacy to implement SB513, allowing pharmacists to prescribe and dispense FDA approved self-administered contraceptives (SB513)

  • Conducting research with college students and adolescents to assess effectiveness of sex education in Hawaii middle and high schools

  • Expanding content and outreach for SafeSex808.org, a reproductive health educational and healthcare resource for adolescents and young adults in Hawaii

Pregnancy and Delivery Work Group

  • Working with Hawaii ACOG and Midwife alliance of Hawaii to improve collaboration and communication

  • Developing Perinatal Quality Collaborative to generate data sharing and systems-improvements across hospitals for better maternity care

Infant Health and Safety Work Group

  • Implementing a breastfeeding strategic plan

  • Supporting safe sleep through a partnership with Safe Sleep Hawaiˈi

  • Partnering with Hawaii-PRAMS’ steering committee to monitor and assess data to address breastfeeding and safe sleep needs throughout Hawaii.

New 2018 Integrated Perinatal SA Business Plan

Team 1 (HMIHC) has hired a consultant to conduct a financial analysis of the PATH/Women’s Way collaborative model for the purposes of sustainability and possible replication.

All of Team 1

  • 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

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Team 2 is implementing a safe and nurturing families framework to support efforts to reduce violence across the state with the support of FrameWorks Institute, OrangeRoc, Aloha United Way, Department of Health, Department of Human Services and numerous nonprofit partners.  The framework will include key messaging, training for professionals and providers and referrals to services and supports.

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  • Developed “Hawaii Developmental Screening and Referral Guidelines for Early Childhood and Community Providers,” which be posting on Department of Health’s webpage

  • Developing a workshop for parents and families on children’s challenging behaviors

  • Working with partners to create inventory of social and emotional supports for children

  • Working with pediatricians to identify best practices to support primary care and behavioral health integration.

  • Conducted three free workshops on physical activities in Early Childhood programs by Dr. Diane Craft “Learn to Move & Move to Learn! Active Play in Early Childhood.”   

  • Promoting use of “Wellness Guidelines for Nutrition and Physical Activity in Hawaii’s Early Care and Education Settings.”  

  • Developed Wellness Guidelines self-assessment tool for child care providers

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  • Supporting development of Keiki Central, a comprehensive early childhood virtual resource service for families with young children. The online platform is attached to Aloha United Way’s (AUW) 211.  Keiki Central is currently being beta tested and made public in November 2018.

  • Keiki Central will connect users to applications for  SNAP, WIC, Chapter 8 Housing, TANF, MedQUEST and Childcare Subsidies.

  • Finalized  a plan to increase access to infant and toddler care.  Key components include building business partnerships, increasing quality, increasing access to subsidies and supporting to the family child care system in Hawaii.

  • Developing parenting supports, specifically for dads.   Partners from family child care interaction learning programs, family support programs, the Fatherhood Commission and Maui County are collaborating on the creation of fatherhood initiatives. Deliverables may include development of materials and learning opportunities to be shared at event around the state.

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  • Family Partnership Guidelines for Providers

    • Team 5 supported delivery of a cross-sector, six-part Train the Trainer series on the Family Partnership Guidelines ( summer 2017).

    • 17 participants attended the trainings. They included family child care trainers, home visitors, Department of Education SPED Pre-K staff, Center-based teachers, Family Child Interaction Learning staff, Head Start/Early Head Start providers and private early childhood trainers

    • Next steps include a) reconvening the 17 trainers to debrief implementation and additional trainings they’ve conducted and b) exploring supplementary video-based materials for early childhood provider trainings

  • Team 5 worked with Family Hui Hawai‘i to create Family Partnership Guidelines for Families through the same type of statewide process that was used to create the Guidelines for Providers.  Family focus groups began April 2018 and the Guidelines will be finalized by the end of 2018. Subsequent trainings are being planned

  • Supplemental tips sheets and self-assessments will be created to support families’ abilities to be their children’s first advocates and to work in partnership with the array of programs and services their children attend

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Team 6 has developed a plan for sustaining early childhood community teams whose activities support school readiness and successful transitions .

Team 6 supported a pilot of the “Words Matter” program, an early literacy and attachment project. 24 families participated in the pilot. Beginning in 2019, the goal is to reach 150 families over two years


  • 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