Why Yes on 4?
Over the past two years the state legislature and the Governor have focused increasing attention on expanding access to high-quality preschool and early learning experiences for children in our state. Hawaii was, until this summer, one of only ten states not funding a statewide preschool system.
Currently, the state is only funding preschool spaces for approximately 420 children, out of over 17,000 eligible four-year-olds. That means the burden of preschool falls squarely on the shoulders of parents and can run over $800 a month.
We think that’s unacceptable.
The Yes on 4 campaign's goal is to pass ballot question #4 on the 2014 general election ballot. Passing this question would amend our state constitution to allow the legislature (should it choose) to contract with non-profit preschools to offer preschool to four year olds in Hawaii. Participating schools would be required to meet high-quality industry standards, not discriminate based on race, religion, gender, or ancestry, and submit to state oversight.
Voting YES on ballot question #4 provides our state with the flexibility to provide more high-quality preschool to more keiki in years versus decades. Let’s do what’s right and pono – VOTE YES on 4 this coming November!
The Good Beginnings Alliance-Childrens Action Network (GBA-CAN) is the acting 501c4 entity that is sponsoring the Yes campaign.
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