Hawaii News Now: Sen. Shimabukuro on Early Childhood Education Bill 3/14/13; Update 3/25/13

Hundreds attended the Family & Child Interactive Learning rally on 3/14/13.

Hundreds attended the Family & Child Interactive Learning rally on 3/14/13. Click to enlarge.

(Note: The following excerpts are from Jade Storms’ “Hundreds gather at State Capitol to support early childhood learning,” Hawaii News Now, 14 March 2013. Photos by Sen. Shimabukuro’s staff.)

(Update 3/25/13: Click here for more photos on Sen. Shimabukuro’s Facebook page. You may need to log in to your Facebook account to access the page. To follow Maile on Facebook, click here.)

More than 1,200 children and their families, as well as early education organizations celebrated a day of advancement at the State Capitol rotunda and lawn early Thursday morning to support the bills for early childhood education.

Organizations such as ALU LIKE Inc., Good Beginnings Alliance, INPEACE (Institute for Native Pacific Education and Culture), Kamehameha Preschools, Keiki O Ka ‘aina Family Learning Centers and Partners in Development Foundation were all there to demonstrate the importance of early learning experiences that included Family Child Interaction Learning (FACIL).

Maile was presented with a gift by the students and parents of Ka Pa'alana preschool.

Maile was presented with a gift by the students and parents of Ka Pa’alana preschool. Click to enlarge.

Sen. Maile Shimabukuro explained that while some parents are urging lawmakers to invest in the future of Hawaii’s children, the Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA) is against the bill.

“For HSTA, their reasons are that the Department of Education is really struggling as we all know,” Shimabukuro said. “Some children in my district don’t have textbooks, and at Waianae High School they don’t even have doors in their bathroom stalls. The HSTA is really concerned that precious resources and money will fund private preschools, which is like a voucher program.”

Sen. Shimabukuro hopes the bill will be further molded so that it will also support the Department of Education by having an income limit for households, since as of right now, the bill is open to anyone who wants to send their child to preschool.

Sanoe Marfil from Waianae believes that the people who are against the bill are simply not talking to the right people, and therefore it’s difficult for them to understand why early childhood education is important to parents.

Back row: Ka Pa'alana staff Dolly Naeole, Lehua Lemalu, and Jessie Kamakura. Front row: Ka Pa'alana parent Noah Miller.

Back row: Ka Pa’alana staff Dolly Naeole, Lehua Lemalu, and Jessie Kamakura. Front row: Ka Pa’alana parent Noah Miller.

The house education committee recently passed out all three early learning measures and were approved with amendments, including the family child interaction learning programs in legislation.

Alex Santiago (left), Partners in Development's Legislative Liaison, chatted with Senator Mike Gabbard after the rally.

Alex Santiago (left), consultant to Partners in Development, chatted with Senator Mike Gabbard after the rally.

Good Beginnings Alliance will hold another rally and fundraiser on Saturday, March 23. The fundraiser will be held at Wet n’ Wild Hawaii in Kapolei and will feature the Oscar-nominated film, Paranorman. For more information and tickets, visit www.BeMyVoiceHawaii.org

INPEACE digital storytellers Solomon Alfapada, Nick Smith, and Chad Brown documented the FACIL rally.

INPEACE digital storytellers Solomon Alfapada, Nick Smith, and Chad Brown documented the FACIL rally.

Click here to read the full report at Hawaii News Now.

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One Response

  1. I am not sure I understand why the goals of early education could not be accomplished by working through the “Head Start” program. I have always been concerned about the shortages in the Waianae Schools. We have had students without textbooks for 30 years. There has to be a problem with allocation of resources when some districts do not have the same shortages as others. Aloha, Lois C. Durr, M.Ed.

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