HONOLULU, November 2, 2021 — Hawaiʻi Children’s Action Network Speaks!, which advocates for all children in Hawaiʻi to have the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive, released the following statement attributable to HCAN Speaks! Executive Director Deborah Zysman:Read more
HCAN Speaks! joins 300+ organizations in strong support of the child care and pre-kindergarten provisions in Build Back Better
HCAN Speaks! is among more than 300 organizations nationally that signed onto a letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “in strong support of the child care and pre-kindergarten provisions in the Build Back Better plan.”Read more
New Build Back Better plan would be life-changing for Hawaiʻi families, but the fight isn’t over for paid family leave
HONOLULU, October 28, 2021 — Hawaiʻi Children’s Action Network Speaks!, which advocates for all children in Hawaiʻi to have the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive, released the following statement attributable to HCAN Speaks! Executive Director Deborah Zysman:Read more
“As pediatricians, when we treat children, we’re not just healing their injuries and illnesses. Far too often, we’re also trying to treat symptoms of a system that’s failing Hawaii’s families,” local pediatricians Dr. Michael Ching and Dr. Brooke Hallett wrote in the Star-Advertiser on October 24, 2021.Read more
HCAN Speaks! is among 500 organizations nationally urging Congressional leaders to “maintain crucial provisions of the Build Back Better Act including paid family and medical leave, Child Tax Credit, and child care & preschool.”Read more
HCAN Speaks! signed a letter with the Food Research & Action Center and about 800 other organizations urging the passage of the Build Back Better Act.Read more
"Senate Bill 56 was passed by the state Senate on Tuesday. But supporters were dismayed to see House Speaker Scott Saiki give the measure a quadruple referral this week — meaning he assigned the bill to four House committees that must each hold hearings and vote in favor of the measure before it can pass."Read more
"The community services provided by nonprofits across Hawaii are needed now more than ever, as so many of our neighbors are facing problems such as unemployment, food insecurity, and mental health crises."Read more
A top concern for advocates is how COVID-19 has highlighted inequalities for Hawaii’s children.
“With COVID, we really saw the impact of our lack of investment in some of our social service safety nets, in our education safety net, and in our programs for working families,” Hawaiʻi Children’s Action Network Speaks! Executive Director Deborah Zysman said.
HCAN Speaks' top two priorities in 2021 are avoiding cuts to education and health and human services funding and creating support for working families.Read more