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
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WHEN: Thursday, January 11, 2024 from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: Hawaiʻi State Capitol
Conference Room 329
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