Bill Seeks to Restore Funding for Preschool Open Doors ProgramMarch 16, 2015, 3:47 PM HST · Updated March 17, 3:03 AM 0 Comments
By Wendy Osher
Program administrators of the Good Beginnings Alliance will join supporters at the State Capitol on Tuesday to advocate for a restoration of funds for early childcare in Hawaiʻi for low-income families.
The non-profit organization is asking lawmakers to restore safety net funds that currently help 1,287 low-income families gain access to childcare in the state.
Child care providers and beneficiary families are advocating for the passage of SB64 SD3, a bill that seeks continued funding for the state’s Preschool Open Doors program and for subsidies of the program.
The program currently provides subsidies with priority consideration to low-income families to send their late born five-year-olds to preschool. Students served for the 2014-2015 school year include those who were born between Aug. 1 and Dec. 31, 2009.
The program was established in 1990 under Governor John Waihee.
Administrators say the program stands to lose $6 million in funding from year before levels if funding is not restored.
The bill was introduced by Senator J Kalani English of Maui and is scheduled to be heard before the House Committee on Human Services on Tuesday, March 17, 2015.