Giving Keiki A Good Beginning

By Michael C. Fahey
Wednesday - April 13, 2011 Share

Good Beginnings Alliance (GBA) is a 501(c)(3) dedicated to initiating and coordinating efforts toward a statewide system of services and support to ensure that all Hawaii’s children up to age 8 are safe, healthy and ready to succeed.

To fulfill this mission, GBA strives to: raise awareness/understanding of the issues facing Hawaii’s young children; inform community leaders of the data that affects their decisions; leverage public/private investments to work cohesively for early childhood; and connect public/private efforts to build a comprehensive early childhood system for Hawaii.

Though GBA champions the needs of Hawaii’s children, we are not without our challenges. Last year, while advocating for early childhood programs, policy-makers told us, “We see the same small group of advocates every time children’s issues come up. If they’re so important, where’s everyone else?”


Therefore, we created two advocacy campaigns: One Voice for Hawaii’s Children, a broad spectrum of early childhood advocates who collaborate to convince government of the importance of early childhood issues, and Be My Voice Hawaii, a public engagement campaign seeking to make children the No. 1 priority by asking people to sign our online endorsement statement.

Parents discuss issues at last year’s SPIN Conference in the UH Campus Center. Photo courtesy GBA

On Saturday, April 16, GBA will partner with the Special Parent Information Network (SPIN) to sponsor their 2011 conference “Red, White & Blue: SPIN’s Tribute to You!” at the UH-Manoa Campus Center. The conference will give families of children with disabilities access to other parents, professional and useful information through 16 workshops addressing topics such as bullying, behavior, transition, autism, technology and more. DOE superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi will open the conference. For more information, go to the SPIN website at spinhawaii.org or call Jan at 808-586-8126.


GBA has many partners through collaborations and initiatives, but ultimately our clients are the young children of Hawaii, their families and communities. To make a donation, sign our online endorsement statement or volunteer, visit our website (goodbeginnings.org), email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 531-5502.


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