State to provide free prekindergarten education to qualifying families

State to provide free prekindergarten education to qualifying families
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - By Devon Tsai

According to researchers, early childhood programs give children a better chance of succeeding in school, going to college, and getting a higher paying job.
Through state funds, the Executive Office on Early Learning (EOEL) Public Pre-Kindergarten Program will allow families to enroll their 4-year-old child for free in one of 21 prekindergarten classrooms at 19 schools across the state. 
Families who meet the income criteria of 250% of the federal poverty guideline (FPG) will be eligible for the program.
Research also tells us that children who have attended pre-kindergarten programs are 50% less likely to require special education, 50% less likely to become teen parents, 20% more likely to graduate from high school, are more likely to be employed and earn a 33% higher average salary.
For more information please contact Lauren Moriguchi, Director,Executive Office on Early Learning, at (808) 586-3811.