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Early Learning Council



Act 14, First Special Session 2008, created the Early Learning Council (ELC) to develop and administer the early learning systemrotating images of early learners, to be known as Keiki First Steps. The ELC is attached to the Department of Education for administrative purposes only.

The early learning system, Keiki First Steps, shall benefit all children throughout the State, from birth until the time they enter kindergarten. The system shall:

  • Be widely accessible and voluntary
  • Be a cohesive, comprehensive and sustainable system
  • Provide high-quality early learning experiences
  • Offer opportunities for family and community engagement
  • Be sensitive to family choice and diversity


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