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.

Mapping Access to Affordable Early Childhood Education and Care

View the 2020 journal article


For more information, please contact: 

Barbara DeBaryshe, PhD
Principal Investigator
(808) 956-4140 / (808) 956-5303