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Hawai'i Early Learning Council's Framework for a Comprehensive Early Childhood System

System Requirements:

  • Build and Support Partnerships
  • Fund and Invest
  • Develop Policy
  • Build Public Engagement
  • Share Accountability
  • Generate Education and Leadership Opportunities

 

 

GOAL: All children are valued, safe, healthy, and ready to succeed

Strategies
Goals Strategies

Early Education & Care

High quality early learning programs are available, affordable, and accessible for all children, birth to kindergarten entry, and address children's diverse abilities and needs.

  • Evaluate and reward high quality programs through Quality, Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) development and tiered reimbursement system
  • Make funding available for facility renovation and infrastructure upgrades
  • Monitor children's progress through ongoing assessment
  • Identify and adopt common tools to measure growth, development and Kindergarten readiness; provide training
  • Promote awareness of importance of early learning and types of program options available
  • Utilize Hawaii's Early Learning & Development Standards as a tool to enhance program quality
  • Develop on-site supports (coaches, mentors, itinerant special education personnel) to address children's diverse abilities and needs
  • Develop school transition teams (including parents) to annually review effectiveness of policies and practices

Health

Access to a comprehensive array of health services is available, including prenatal, vision, hearing, nutrition, oral health, behavioral, and medical services.

  • Engage in consumer health insurance education and enrollment campaign
  • Link families to community health centers and low-cost clinics
  • Expand screening activities statewide
  • Increase parent and practitioner awareness of early identification and referral
  • Build a network of child care health consultants and early interventionists for on-site support to early learning programs
  • Promote Medicaid reimbursement for children's behavioral health services
  • Enhance health and safety standards in child care licensing regulations
  • Incorporate health and safety standards into daily routines

Parent Education & Family Support

Parenting and child development information, and economic and social services and supports are available and utilized to ensure positive adult/child relationships and family strengthening.

  • Provide families with information
    and tools to strengthen family
    involvement in children's growth and
    development
  • Increase awareness of factors impacting children's health, safety and well-being
  • Increase and strengthen parent networks
  • Develop capacity within the early learning system to engage in family support
  • Strengthen and support family leadership through effective training models
  • Provide opportunities for parent leadership in early learning settings, communities, and advocacy
  • Advise employers in developing family-friendly policies

Workforce & Professional Development

A comprehensive workforce development system is in place, including professional development supports, that ensures Hawaii's children are cared for by highly effective practitioners who are fairly compensated.

  • Increase availability of, and access to, higher education courses and community-based training in all communities
  • Create information clearinghouse and website
  • Develop a credentialing system for all early learning practitioners
  • Establish guidelines for a career lattice and framework for compensation
  • Establish a dedicated funding source for professional development incentives and compensation
  • Promote staff professional development plans in all settings
  • Enhance application of professional development content through on-site consultation and training supports

 

Outcomes
Goals Outcomes

Early Education & Care

High quality early learning programs are available, affordable, and accessible for all children, birth to kindergarten entry, and address children's diverse abilities and needs.

  • Increase in programs accredited or engaged in quality improvement, as defined by a standards-based quality system
  • Increase in children participating in quality early learning programs, including under-represented and special populations
  • Increase in parent choice promoted through a variety of program settings (center-base, home-base, family/child interaction learning, and family child care) in all communities
  • Increase in availability of subsidies for families who cannot afford tuition costs
  • Increase in children who are ready for school
  • Increase in early learning settings and schools (public and private) implementing effective transition policies

Health

Access to a comprehensive array of health services is available, including prenatal, vision, hearing, nutrition, oral health, behavioral, and medical services.

  • Increase in children who have consistent medical/dental insurance coverage and utilize services as needed
  • Increase in children with medical homes receiving recommended primary and preventive care
  • Increase in children who are fully immunized
  • Increase in children screened for developmental, behavioral, vision and hearing prior to kindergarten entry
  • Increase in children receiving appropriate and coordinated behavioral health services (for social –emotional concerns)
  • Increase in children with dental homes
  • Increase in women receiving prenatal care
  • Increase in parents who recognize potential health and/or developmental issues and connect to appropriate resources
  • Increase in early learning settings that promote health, safety and well-being

Parent Education & Family Support

Parenting and child development information, and economic and social services and supports are available and utilized to ensure positive adult/child relationships and family strengthening.

  • Increase in families provided information on healthy child development and supportive services
  • Increase in families able to support children's healthy development and/or know where to go for needed information and services
  • Increase in children living in safe, stable and supportive families (decrease in child abuse and neglect)
  • Increase in families whose basic needs are met in a timely and coordinated manner
  • Decrease in children who are living in poverty and/or homelessness
  • Increased parent engagement and leadership is evident at the program, community and policy levels
  • Policies in the workplace support families

Workforce & Professional Development

A comprehensive workforce development system is in place, including professional development supports, that ensures Hawaii's children are cared for by highly effective practitioners who are fairly compensated.

  • Increase in qualified and effective professionals in early learning programs and settings in all communities
  • Increase in early childhood practitioners whose compensation is commensurate with other jobs, roles and positions that require similar education, experiences, and responsibilities
  • Increase in retention rates for practitioners
  • Increase in professional development supports (i.e., outreach efforts, career advising, diverse delivery methods, and financial assistance) in all communities
  • Increase in assistance to employers to support professional development activities of staff
  • Hawaii's Early Learning Council Provides a Framework That:
    • Recognizes the needs of the whole child, the family, and the practitioner.
    • Represents a collective vision for a comprehensive early childhood system.
    • Focuses on specific measurable outcomes.
    • Guides, organizes, and focuses the actions and accountability of the Early Learning Council and public/private stakeholders.

  • The Work is Guided by the Following Assumptions:
    • Framework focuses on children prenatal to age 5.
    • Quality early learning occurs in a variety of settings.
    • Caring interactions between adults and children are essential to optimal learning.
    • Strategies seek to assure increased access, quality, and equity for all children and their families.
    • Participation in the early childhood system is voluntary.
    • Diversity in cultures, languages, and abilities requires recognition and response.
    • Data is utilized for decision-making and assuring accountability.
    • Collaborative partnerships are used to leverage resources.
    • Early care, health and school readiness are acknowledged as major contributors of economic growth.
    • System building is incremental and requires long-term commitment.

     

    HAWAI'I EARLY LEARNING COUNCIL
    website: http://elc.k12.hi.us/
    email: elc@atmail.k12.hi.us

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