NATIONAL WINS (funding for the next few months)
The Child Care and Development Grand (CCDBG) received an increase of $95 million, bringing total discretionary funding to $2.865 billion. This was a bigger increase than what was in either the original House and Senate bills.
Head Start received an increase of $85 million.
$5 million in additional funding for Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships.
Special Education Preschool Grants (Part B of IDEA) funding remained the same.
Preschool Development Grants funding remained the same.
The Grants for Infants and Families program (Part C of the IDEA) received a slight decrease in funding.
WORK TO BE DONE
Although the 2017 legislative session is over, there is still much work to be done:
- secure additional funds for public preschool expansion
- ensure safe and quality childcare for all families
- expansion and funding for early intervention services
- Paid Family & Sick Leave
- improve the quality of state data on the status of Hawaiʻi's children
We work year-round with our partners to ensure the health and safety of Hawaiʻi's children.