An annual survey released this week says 16.4 million children in the United States — nearly one-fourth — were living in poverty in 2011, more than a year after the Great Recession officially ended. That’s an increase of 3 million children since 2005, according to the survey from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
The report showed that nearly half of Hawaii’s children didn’t attend preschool from 2009 to 2011.
Hawaii’s governor this week signed a bill that expands the state’s existing Preschool Open Doors program to fund subsidies for 900 children. The more than $7 million package is seen as a step toward eventually providing state-funded public preschool, but is less than half of what Gov. Neil Abercrombie originally proposed. Thousands of kids will lose services when the state’s junior kindergarten program for late-born 4-year-olds expires in mid-2015.
Educating children at homeless shelters and tents on the beach, Ka Paalana is funded mostly through federal programs, including the Administration for Native Americans.