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The Power of Preschool — A Special Publication by The Good Beginnings Alliance

(page 7 of 8)

‘Critical Crossroads’

Increasing access to quality preschools is seen as a key to helping Hawaii’s children grow up and lead successful lives. Parents and educators sound off on providing early education programs now.


“State funding for preschools is a necessity for Hawaii. Preschools provide children the opportunity to understand structure, how to socialize with peers, learn academics and skills necessary to thrive in kindergarten. We are a Christian preschool; it is very important that our children learn and understand how much Jesus loves them.”

– Sayoko Yamaguchi, director, Calvary Chapel West Oahu Preschool


“The research is clear that keiki who have had early learning experiences before kindergarten are more likely to succeed in school, in careers and in life. Increasing access to high-quality early education for all keiki is the best investment our state can make toward Hawaii’s future.”

–Karen C. Lee, Executive Director, Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education, University of Hawaii


“It will give parents the opportunity to decide if their child is ready to attend an elementary school setting based on their level of development rather than their age. It will definitely help reduce tuition cost and other financial hardships of having to enroll their child for another year of preschool.”

– Lori-Lei Tagami, mother of two, preschool teacher at Mother Rice in Moiliili 


“We are at a critical crossroads. We have the opportunity to invest in the future of our state through early education or set the stage for future economic crisis by leaving our most vulnerable population without the educational opportunities necessary to be innovators, thinkers and creators.”

–Dr. Kanoe Nāone, CEO, INPEACE


“Investing early is always a good idea, especially when it comes to our keiki. Early education not only gives children a good foundation on which to grow, but it gives them the confidence to succeed. As a parent and a Hawaii resident, I can’t think of a better way to spend my tax dollars.”

–Tim Johns, HMSA senior vice president


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