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  • Writer's pictureHawai'i House Democrats


Honolulu, Hawaiʻi – On Thursday, the House Committee on Human Services, the House Committee on Education, and the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services will hold a joint informational briefing to discuss access to early education through the expansion of the Stateʻs Preschool Open Doors Program for three and four-year-old students.


During the 2023 Legislative Session, the Legislature passed House Bill 961, expanding the Preschool Open Doors Program application process to eligible three‑year-old students beginning in 2024. This landmark legislation positions Hawaiʻi as one of the nation's top advocates for early education policy.




- Lieutenant Governor Sylvia Luke

- House Committee on Human Services Chair Lisa Marten

- House Committee on Education Chair Justin H. Woodson 

- Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Chair Joy A. San Buenaventura

- Deborah Zysman, Hawaiʻi Children’s Action Network

- Julie Kalakau, Sunshine School Kailua

- Vivian Eto, Early Childhood Action Strategy

- Dr. Terry Lock, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, College of Education

- Patrick Lyons, National Conference of State Legislators

- Jennifer Palmer, National Conference of State Legislators

- Councilmember Robert C. White, Jr., District of Columbia

- Secretary Elizabeth Groginsky, New Mexico Early Childhood Education & Care Department

- Deputy Cabinet Secretary Sara Mickelson, New Mexico Early Childhood Education & Care Department

- Representative Terri Collins, Alabama State Legislature

-Acting Secretary Dr. Jan Hume, Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education


WHAT:          Joint Informational Briefing to discuss Preschool Open Doors Program

                        Click here for the hearing notice.


WHEN:          Thursday, January 11, 2024 from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.


WHERE:       Hawaiʻi State Capitol

Conference Room 329

Click here for the livestream of this meeting.






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