Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Announces $8.8 Million For Early Childhood Education Programs in Hawai‘i

July 21, 2016
Press Release

Honolulu, HI—Today, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) announced that Parents And Children Together (PACT) received an $8.8 million federal grant from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) to fund its Early Head Start and Head Start programs on O‘ahu and Hawai‘i Island. 
“Research shows the many short and long-term benefits of early education, including increased academic development and achievement, reduced child abuse, neglect, and crime rates, increased income equality, and more. I've visited preschools and Head Start classrooms across Hawai‘i and have seen how these early childhood education programs have an incredible impact on our keiki and our communities,” said Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. "PACT has a decades-long history of strengthening our local families and communities, and creating opportunities for those most vulnerable. This grant will enable PACT to expand access and opportunity to those who need it the most.”
“We are excited and grateful to continue to provide these important services to communities on O‘ahu and Hawai‘i island,” said Ben Naki, PACT’s vice president of early education. “We will be able to serve over 800 children and their families with high quality, comprehensive, early childhood services that are so needed by our community.” 
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has long advocated for high-quality, early childhood education and is continuing work to increase funding for Head Start and early education programs. Earlier this year, the Congresswoman wrote to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies to request strong funding for early childhood education and social services programs like Head Start, Early Head Start, and Healthy Start that are vital to the development and wellbeing of Hawai‘i’s keiki.
Founded in 1968, Parents And Children Together (PACT) is one of Hawai‘i’s leading not-for-profit organizations providing a wide array of innovative and educational social services to families in need. Assisting more than 18000 people across the state annually, PACT helps families identify, address and successfully resolve challenges through its 16 programs. Among its services are: developmental screening, early childhood education, child abuse/neglect and domestic violence prevention and intervention, mental health support, youth activities, and community and economic development. For more information about PACT, please visit

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