Thursday, January 24, 2008

House to tour preschool, announce details of Keiki First Steps Program

The House Committee on Education will announce tomorrow the details of new legislation to launch a state early childhood education initiative called "Keiki First Steps" during a tour of Jefferson Elementary School's Pre-Plus program in Waikiki.

In 2005, Jefferson School was the state's 10th Pre-Plus program, which provides preschool education for low-income keiki, to launch in Hawaii. The state provides buildings rent-free to licensed and accredited private preschool operators.

The bill would expand early childhood education programs and make it available to all of Hawaii's keiki.

HB2973 - Creates the Early Learning Council to govern the state's early learning system.
Establishes an early learning system. Establishes the Keiki First Steps Program.

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