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The Commit to Keiki campaign will focus our next Governor on the need to make early learning and childcare more accessible, affordable, and of higher quality. At the same time, it intends to underscore the importance of investing in family violence prevention and mental health.

Please check back regularly for updates about #CommitToKeiki.
Monday, November 21, 2022
With The Election Over, Work To Help Hawaii’s Kids Has Just Begun "In the past, prioritizing issues around infants, toddlers and preschoolers have paled in comparison to other priorities, like climate change and homelessness."
Thursday, November 17, 2022
Hawaii’s keiki and families were the big winners in this year’s general election, with voters overwhelmingly deciding on Governor-elect Josh Green and Lt. Governor-elect Sylvia Luke. Over the last year, Commit to Keiki, a non-partisan education campaign made up of Hawaii’s business, education, family support and philanthropic leaders have been engaged with Democrat and Republican candidates to underscore the need to invest in childcare and early learning, mental health and family violence prevention efforts.
Wednesday, October 26, 2022
Read the article in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser “A new report indicates that pay and conditions for Hawaii’s early childhood educators must be improved dramatically in order to attract and retain enough added workers just to resolve the severe current shortage, not to mention expand preschool access to all 3- and 4-year-olds by 2032 to fulfill the state Legislature’s directive. ”
Friday, September 23, 2022
Maui’s early childhood workforce shortage is growing and it’s hurting our keiki "Maui’s early chidlhood workforce shortage is at a critical point and it’s only getting worse. Just recently, Maui Economic Opportunity announced the closure of three of its Head Start classrooms due to staffing and teacher shortages, leaving 60 more families without access to child care and early education."
Monday, August 08, 2022
More To Be Done To Meet Needs Of Hawaii’s Youngest "According to recent data, Hawaii today can only serve about 25% of keiki ages birth to 5 in child care and preschool, which has a direct impact on parents and caregivers’ ability to work."
Monday, July 18, 2022
The Commit to Keiki Initiative prioritizes keiki and their families. “Children have the greatest chance to develop to their full capacity when they live in safe, secure and nurturing homes and have equitable access to early learning programs and mental health services.”
Tuesday, July 12, 2022
Read the Op-Ed at Hawaii Tribune Herald “We must do more to improve the development of their futures and to ensure they all have opportunities to learn, grow and live well."
Wednesday, June 15, 2022
Hawaii Has A Child Care Crisis. Employers Could Help Solve It. “Setting up on-site daycare can be an expensive and difficult undertaking, but there are other creative ways that companies can help young families.”
Tuesday, June 14, 2022
Read the Op-Ed in The Garden Island Newspaper “Children exposed to violence may experience issues with attachment, school engagement, longer-term academic success, relationships and parenting. Elementary-school-age children (6 to 12 years) have difficulty paying attention at school or at home."
Tuesday, May 31, 2022
Lawmakers Spent Big This Year To Help Hawaii Families ‘Pushed Over The Edge’ “A historic budget surplus, strong coordination by advocacy groups and the undeniable fact that many of Hawaii’s families are struggling — both financially and mentally — helped drive big investments in early childhood initiatives this year.”
Sunday, May 22, 2022
Read the Op-Ed in The Garden Island Newspaper “It is imperative to the health and growth of the Kaua‘i community that Hawai‘i’s next governor prioritizes child care and early learning through policies and investments that provide access to more affordable infant/toddler and early childhood education centers."
Thursday, May 19, 2022
Read the Op-Ed in the Honolulu Civil Beat . “...in order for comprehensive mental health services for young children to be offered, there needs to be a state investment in workforce development and reimbursement for those services.”
Sunday, May 01, 2022
Please read the Op-Ed in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser “8 in 10 voters think it is important for Hawai‘i's next governor to prioritize programs that address mental health needs for families and young children in the next budget.”
Sunday, March 27, 2022
Read the Op-Ed in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser “Children living in homes where there is family violence are at greater risk for learning difficulties, attachment, sleeping and eating disorders, long-term adverse health effects, substance abuse, continued abuse as an adult or perpetrating harm against others.”
Thursday, March 24, 2022
Hawai‘i’s families need more help with child care and early childhood education. “Hawai‘i’s families need more help with child care and early childhood education... There has been too little movement forward on this front, however, and in response, a movement is growing to impress politicians with the public desire for more action."
Monday, March 07, 2022
A survey commissioned by a Hawai‘i nonprofit initiative suggests that an unusually strong three-fourths of voters here back the creation of a state system of community-based child care, early learning and family-support programs - and a majority are willing to pay more taxes for it. “It's one thing to support this. It's another to be willing to pay for it.”
Monday, January 17, 2022
Read the Op-Ed in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser “A coalition of about 25 groups ranging from education advocates to the Chamber of Commerce Hawai‘i are pushing political candidates and lawmakers to support more early childhood care and development initiatives, and already seeing some success.”
Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Business, education, family support, philanthropic and mental health leaders today launched Commit to Keiki. The non-profit campaign, created by the Early Childhood Action Strategy collaborative, is dedicated to ensuring Hawai‘i’s next governor champions early childhood development and its positive impacts through greater investments in early learning, childcare, family violence prevention and mental health.
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