Affordable, conveniently located, and high quality early childhood care and education (ECE) programs support the well-being of children, families, and communities. Equitable deployment of ECE resources requires an accurate understanding of where needs are greatest.
This project will develop a new approach to analyzing and communicating data on ECE access at a fine-grained level. We will use GIS techniques to measure availability, affordability, and quality of ECE programs within a set distance from a prototypical family home. User-friendly maps will show how access is distributed in communities across the state. We will also compare access as a function of community income and ethnic composition. Products will include resource maps, policy briefs, and a technical guide. This project is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Collaborators include the Hawai‘i Children’s Action Network and advisory committees of local and national stakeholders.