Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Announces $2 Million U.S. DOE Grant for Hawaiʻi Preschools
Washington, DC– Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today announced that Hawaiʻi has been selected to receive a Preschool Development Grant from the U.S. Department of Education for $2,074,059 to support communities in providing high-quality preschool programs. The grant will advance the Hawaiʻi Department of Education’s efforts over the next four years by setting up preschool programs in public charter schools, expanding access to large populations of Native Hawaiian families and high-need communities on Hawaiʻi Island, and providing culturally-responsive professional development and quality improvement activities for early education providers.
“I’ve had the privilege of visiting many of the preschools and Head Start programs across the state, and it’s clear that investing in early education opportunities for our keiki will help to provide the opportunity for a bright future for them, their families, and Hawaiʻi,” said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. “This Preschool Development Grant will support the great work of Hawaiʻi educators and expand early education opportunities for families who are most in need of assistance.”
Hawaiʻi was one of nine states to be awarded a Preschool Development Grant. In October, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard joined Senators Schatz and Hirono and Representative Hanabusa in sending a delegation-wide letter of support to the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, urging the secretaries of each department to give strong consideration to Hawaiʻi when awarding the funds.