“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children,” Nelson Mandela

- Nelson Mandela


our Timeline

February 2016- Present:   To better bridge the public and private sectors, Action Strategy relocated from the Governor’s Office to Collaborative Leaders Network, the organization that has served as the backbone since 2012.  Collaborative Leaders Network contracts two full-time positions to coordinate the Action Strategy and provides resources to support collaboration.

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 together.

December 2015:  Incoming Governor David Ige keeps Action Strategy in the Governor’s Office as a neutral location for convening departments and community partners.

July 2014: Action Strategy leaders participated in a Systems Design Innovation Lab to receive mentoring from international Systems Design experts.

January 2014: Work plans, metrics, delivery chains and evaluation rubrics for each focus area were created. 

August 2013. U.S. Education Delivery Institute was contracted to assist in developing planning and governance mechanisms.

January 2013. Hawai‘i’s Early Childhood Action Strategy was launched. Collaborative Leaders Network serves as the backbone organization of the planning and implementation of the Early Action Strategy.

September 2012.  Key strategies and outcomes for each focus area 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).

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 context map of Hawaii’s early childhood landscape.  R. Scott Spann, MPA, and Founder of Innate Strategies facilitated the mapping process.  

May 2012. An early childhood retreat was convened in which State leaders and community partners met with Bill Fulton and Jodi Hardin from the Denver-based Civic Canopy to initiate development of a strategic plan for the Executive Office on Early Learning under Governor Neal Abercrombie.


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Network Design and Collaboration

Kerrie Urosevich, MA, PhD, is the lead for network design and collaboration for ECAS. She previously served in both Governor Neil Abercrombie’s and Governor David Ige’s Administrations under the Executive Office on Early Learning (EOEL) Before joining EOEL, Kerrie worked for 15 years in systems building, conflict resolution and violence prevention, through her mediation and facilitation consultancy. She was selected to the Omidyar Fellows Executive Leadership program in 2014 to learn strategies for better supporting Hawai`i’s children and families

Kerrie serves as Affiliate Faculty at the Matsunaga Institute for Peace at the University of Hawai‘i-Manoa, and is co-founder of Ceeds of Peace, focused on creating a more peaceful and just humanity. She serves on various Hawai`i-based and international Boards working on early development, education, family resiliency and women’s empowerment opportunities. Kerrie received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Hawai‘i-Manoa; Master’s Degree in International Policy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies; and Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management.


Evidence and Outcomes

Doug Imig, MA, PhD is the lead for evidence and outcomes for ECAS. Doug is also part of the Hawaii Well Being Data Project. Before joining ECAS, Doug directed research and evaluation for the Indianola (Mississippi) Promise Community and was a professor of political science at the University of Memphis.

Doug has also worked as a resident fellow at the Urban Child Institute, research fellow at the University of Oklahoma’s Center for Infants, Toddlers, Twos and Threes (IT3) and as director of the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis. He also was a visiting scholar at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and at the Trotter Institute at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Doug received his PhD in political science from Duke University. He is the author of books and articles on children’s advocacy, social movement mobilization and political representation.



Jordana Ferreira is the lead producer for ECAS. Jordana brings a keen interest in early brain development and the power of advocacy to improve outcomes for young children and their families. She has long worked in human services, first by providing therapeutic services and community-based interventions to children and youth with special needs. Most recently, she served as Associate Director of PATCH, the State of Hawai‘i’s designated Child Care Resource and Referral Agency.

She also is an active participant on task forces and coalitions focusing on enhancing the quality of care provided to our youngest keiki. She has served on the childcare advisory committee, Hawai`i children’s community council, HCYC (Hawaii career for young children), the Hawaii Children’s Trust Fund Coalition, and she is a member of the board for `Imi Ola Autism Services. She also facilitates Parent Leadership Training Institute courses, teaching participants advocacy skills and encouraging them to be leading voices for our keiki and communities. Jordana believes our keiki are our best investment and is passionate about supporting families and those who touch their lives. Jordana received her BA in Psychology from Pacific University


Coordinator, Hawai‘i Maternal and Infant Health Collaborative

Chevelle Davis, MPH is the Coordinator for the Hawai‘i Maternal and Infant Health Collaborative (HMIHC). Chevelle received her Master’s in Public Health with a specialization in Health Policy and Management at the University of Hawai‘i-Mānoa and is currently pursuing her PhD in Public Health specializing in community-based and translational research. She has also participated in the Māhina International Indigenous Health Research Training Program at the University of Auckland in Aotearoa, New Zealand and studied critical appraisal of clinical healthcare research at the University College Dublin in Dublin, Ireland. Her research interests include: global health, women’s health, maternal and child health, indigenous health, gender-based health disparities, human rights, minority rights, reproductive justice and social justice.

Chevelle was born and raised in Hawai‘i on the island of O‘ahu and enjoys travelling and spending time with her family.



Ka’ina Bonacorsi, Early Childhood Resource Coordinator, County of Maui

Chevelle Davis, MPH, Hawai’i Maternal Infant Health Collaborative Coordinator

JoAnn Farnsworth, Consultant, Hawaii Maternal and Infant Health Collaborative, Hawaii Association for Infant Mental Health, Child Advocate

Bliss Kaneshiro, M.D., Ob-Gyn, Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children

Joanne Higashi, LCSW, Sexual Violence Prevention Program Coordinator, Maternal and Child Health Branch, Hawai’i Department of Health

Chris Jackson, M.Ed, Head Start Collaboration Director, Executive Office of Early Learning

Lisa Kimura, MBA, Director, Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies

Stacy Kong, System Improvement Unit Supervisor, Early Intervention Services, Hawai‘i Department of Health

Keiko Nitta, Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Coordinator, Hawai‘i Department of Health

Catherine Sorensen, Dr. PH, Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Coordinator, Maternal and Child Health Branch, Hawai’i Department of Health

Sharon Taba, M.Ed., Department of Pediatrics, John M. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawai‘i, Manoa

Malia Taum-Deenik, JD, Complaints Liaison & Legislative Coordinator, Hawai’i Department of Human Services