About Us

Mission & Vision

Mission and Vision

Hawai‘i P-3 is dedicated to supporting the development and implementation of statewide initiatives for children from birth through age 8 with the goal of reading at grade level by 3rd grade.

Click here to view Hawai‘i P-3 Statewide and Demo Site Efforts as of 2012.

We work towards our mission and vision through the following activities:

Demonstration Sites

  • Piloting policies in a community-based context within five demonstration sites:
    • Conducting child-teacher interaction program observations by locally trained reliable assessors followed up by targeted coaching
    • Developing a data-sharing plan between ECE providers and elementary schools
    • Supporting early literacy strategies through administrator and teacher training
    • Establishing on-going opportunities for ECE providers and elementary school teachers and administrators to share ideas and resources
    • Increasing the numbers of children with ECE experience
    • Increasing the number of elementary schools with extended learning opportunities (e.g. summer transitions) that support children’s learning and literacy development and engage families
  • Disseminating lessons learned from the five demonstration sites and highlighting national research about the importance of creating a P-3 focus in education


  • Participation at interdepartmental meetings including those sponsored by: DHS Childcare Advisory Committee; Executive Office of Early Learning (EOEL); Hawai‘i Association for the Education of Young Children (HAEYC); Hawai‘i Careers for Young Children (HCYC); Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS); STEPS (Sequenced Transition to Education in Public Schools)
  • Supporting conferences and professional development opportunities that promote the P-3 continuum


  • Creating a five course, 15 credit PK-3 Certificate program at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, College of Education, Curriculum Studies Department 


  • Aligning policies implemented in early childhood programs with those in elementary schools