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Abercrombie announces new Early Childhood Coordinator

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - In an effort to increase attention to early childhood, Gov. Neil Abercrombie announced Terry Lock as the new Early Childhood Coordinator.

According to the Abercrombie Administration, Lock will be responsible for the following:

  • Planning a state structure that supports an early childhood systems that improves the outcomes for children prenatal to five years old.
  • Leading coordination among state agencies to improve services and outcomes for children and families.
  • Developing public and private partnerships.
  • Advocating for public policy to achieve better outcomes for Hawaii's children.

"We are responsible for shaping the future of our keiki. Young children cannot be an afterthought," said Abercrombie. "The lack of adequately investing in our young children is a failure to recognize widely understood research and a failure to live by our notions of common sense and core values. Terry Lock understands this and brings her decades of experience to lead the charge in a new direction."

Lock has over 35 years of field experience in early childhood education. She currently serves as Kamehameha School's Director of Community-Based Early Childhood Division.

The new position is funded over the next two years by a $300,000 private grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

On Thursday, the governor also announced that Healthy Start, a program headed by the Department of Health, will continue. The DOH reallocated $3 million for the next two fiscal years from the Tobacco Settlement Special Fund to keep the program running.

Healthy Start benefits more than 4,000 families across the state.

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