Hawai‘i Early Learning Program for Children: Creating the System Our Children and Families Deserve

Original Webinar Recorded:   Friday, October 19, 2018

Organized and sponsored by:

  • University of Hawai‘i —Office of Public Health Studies &
  • Hawai‘I Public Health Training Hui (Collaborative) 

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Course Summary:

A strong early learning system is a wise public investment, returning $3-$8 in long-term benefits for every dollar spent. High quality childcare and preschool programs enhance school readiness, reduce achievement gaps between privileged and disadvantaged children, and can even have lasting effects on learning, behavior, and health in adulthood. Reliable, affordable childcare is also a necessity for working parents.  Results of a recent statewide assessment of availability, cost, and quality identified bright spots as well as critical needs in our early learning landscape. Come and learn about hallmarks of quality programs, which of our communities are childcare deserts, and resources for families.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Review the ways in which high-quality early learning programs promote child and family wellbeing.
  • Discuss the current state of Hawai‘i’s early learning system for children age 0-5.
  • Share stories about innovative programs in Hawai‘i and resources to help families locate and pay for preschool and childcare.

Duration:  ~ 1.5 hours

Continuing Education Information:  1.5 CHES, 1.5 CPEU for RDs, 1.5 CNEs for RNs

This activity is co-sponsored with the University of Arizona’s College of Nursing CPE Unit for 1.5 contact hours. The University of Arizona Continuing Professional Education is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Continuing Nursing Education Group, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Guest Speaker:  Barbara DeBaryshe, PhD

Interim Director and Specialist at the UH Center on the Family

Speaker Bio:

Barbara DeBaryshe, PhD, has been a faculty member at the Center on the Family since 1994.  She is a developmental psychologist by training and has been privileged to bring this perspective to multidisciplinary collaborations that support children and families. She has received over $6 million in grants and contracts as principal investigator and participated as a co-investigator on many other projects.  Dr. DeBaryshe has evaluated child health, child abuse prevention, teacher training, and Native Hawaiian education programs and serves on community advisory boards relating to child and family wellbeing.  Her current research addresses early childhood literacy, professional development models for preschool teachers, and the early learning system in Hawaiʻi. Barbara has a MA in Psychology and a PhD in Development Psychology from State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Register for this course HERE.