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Governor Signs Early Childhood State Plan

Wayne Yoshioka

It’s shaping up to be the year of the Keiki or Child at the State Capitol.

Governor David Ige signed the Hawai’i Early Childhood State Plan today.  Co-signers included the University of Hawai’i, Departments of Education, Health and Human Services.  The Governor said the plan involved hundreds of community stakeholders and organizations who will be involved in implementing the private-public effort.



“All children in Hawai’i should have the best possible foundation for a successful life and future.  The plan includes strategies and priorities that both provide inspiration and structure to our efforts over the next several years.  This is a 5-year plan that covers pre-natal, to birth through age 8.  The plan sets forth the foundation for a state-wide system that considers our children’s overall well being, safety, family partnerships, early care and learning.  And, as you maybe aware, state was awarded a 1-million dollar grant – from the federal government – which will help take this plan to the next stage of implementation.”

Wayne Yoshioka
Wayne Yoshioka is an award-winning journalist who has worked in television, print and radio in Hawaiʻi. He also has been on both sides of politics as a state departmental appointee and political/government reporter. He covered Hurricane Iwa (1982) as a TV reporter; was the State Department of Defense/Civil Defense spokesperson for Hurricane Iniki (1992); and, commanded a public affairs detachment in Afghanistan (2006). He has a master's degree in Communication from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and is a decorated combat veteran (Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and 22 other commendation/service medals). He resides in Honolulu.
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