Early Education and Preschool

Interview with Deborah Zysman: Early Education. (Source; Think Tech Hawaii, August 2015)

Host Jim Shon speaks with Deborah Zysman (Good Beginnings Alliance) about the continued efforts to make early education programs more readily available for all Hawaiian children. Find the Youtube interview here.


Article: June, 2015

The Sesame Street Effect

How the children’s show has enhanced learning in America—and why it’s a reminder of what’s lacking from education today. From the Atlantic comes an investigation into how Sesame Street has helped formed early education and how itself teaches young learners. Find the full article here.


Audio: September, 2014.

HEPC Director Jim Shon interviews with Civil Beat

Listen to Civil Beat’s Pod Squad interviews our own Director, Jim Shon to talk about using public funds for private preschool education, the appropriate age for kindergarteners, and classroom temperatures. 

Find the episode at Civil Beat. Alternatively, if you are not a subscriber, find it on iTunes.


Policy Brief: July, 2014

A Short Voter’s Guide to Constitutional Amendments for Early Education Programs

Were you aware that Hawaiian voters will soon be asked to make changes to Hawai’i’s constitution that allows for funding of private educational partnerships? Read our voter’s guide on the basics of the proposed amendments and what they mean for funding and the future of the islands early education system.

A Short Voter’s Guide to the Proposed Constitutional Amendment


Article: October, 2013.

San Antonio’s new ambitious pre-school program

Just weeks after the city of San Antonio launched its innovative, $248 million Pre-K 4 SA program for preschoolers from poor and working-class families, administrators have already made adjustments both large and small to improve the system. The program is the brainchild of Mayor Julian Castro who pushed through a sales tax hike to finance the project. Find details of the new program here.


Study; May, 2013

Evaluating PreK-3 Teachers With Student Data

In a new study from the Early Education Initiative at the New America Foundation, author Laura A. Bornfreund discusses the issues of utilizing various student achievement methods in teacher evaluation systems nationwide. Bornfreund looks at three approaches used, including student learner objectives, shared assessments, and shared attributes; ultimately determining that quality of instruction and learning in these early years is very important, despite the challenges with using different evaluation methods. The full report is available from the New America Foundation here.


Article; February, 2013

Early Learning and Vocabulary

Researchers in Michigan have found that an emphasis on vocabulary for early learners could be essential in closing the gap for Common Core State Standards, reports Sarah D. Sparks from Education Week. The study’s authors, Susan B. Neuman and Tanya S. Wright, “analyzed how kindergarten educators choose and teach new words, both in the instruction that teachers give and in basal-reading books.” Their findings also highlight an important issue of vocabulary gaps between early learners of different demographic groups.


Report: May, 2013

An Ocean of Unknowns: Risks and Opportunities in Using Student Achievement Data to Evaluate PreK-3rd Grade Teachers, by Laura A. Bornfreund, Early Education Initiative at the New America Foundation, May 2013.


Report: 2013

State Pre-K Funding: 2012-13 School Year, by Michael Griffith, Education Commission of the States, April 2013.


Analysis: 2013

Kindergarten Policy Characteristics, by Emily Workman, Education Commission of the States, March 2013.


Research: 2013

Abbott Preschool Program Longitudinal Effects Study: Fifth Grade Follow-Up, by W. Steven Barnett, Kwanghee Jung, Min-Jong Youn, National Institute for Early Education Research; Ellen C. Frede, Acelero, Inc., March 2013.


Research: 2013

Vocabulary Instruction in Commonly Used Kindergarten Core Reading Curricula, by Tanya S. Wright and Susan B. Neuman, March 2013.


Report; 2008

Preschool Education and Its Lasting Effects: Research and Policy Implications, by W. Steven Barnett, Education and the Public Interest Center & Education Policy Research Unit, September 2008.


Report; 2005

Temporary Early Childhood Education Task Force, Report to the 2006 Hawaii State Legislature (739KB, 71pp)
by Hawaii Educational Policy Center, December 2005

Act 151, HB 1300, CD1

Learning Connections Grant

Aug 11, 2005 Early Care Education System by C. Lee

Sep 08, 2005 Governance Options by T. Vast

Sep 19, 2005 Governance Options by T. Vast



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