HONOLULU – Gov. Neil Abercrombie released a statement late Friday regarding the Hawaii State Legislature passing SB 1093 CD1, which establishes the school readiness program within the Early Learning System. This legislation builds upon the existing Preschool Open Doors, a Department of Human Services program that already provides some services for our young children.
Gov. Abercrombie stated: “This is a great start. I am very pleased that Senate Bill 1093 has passed and I’m grateful to our legislators for recognizing this important step for the future of our keiki.
“The State of Hawaii can now demonstrate its commitment to preparing our youth by ensuring that high quality childcare and early education will be available, accessible and affordable.
“The priority will be to serve the low-income and some middle income families. We are pleased that the amount provided by the Legislature will allow us to serve the children with the highest need, those most at risk of not attending a preschool program.”