Child Care Advocacy

Child Care Advocates

While a statewide network is crucial in providing clear, concise communications, the most effective advocacy efforts occur at the local level. Advocates are encouraged to educate their legislative delegation on issues important for young children and be diligent in representing their interests. Children can’t vote – advocates must serve as the message bearers for children. Educate and encourage parent groups, school readiness coalition members, and other interested citizens to engage in a dialogue and develop a local agenda for children.

Child Abuse and Prevention

Abused children carry physical, emotional and psychological scars for life. They often suffer from low self-esteem and hopelessness, which could result in destructive behaviors, at risk sexual activity, alcohol and drug abuse, delinquency, and suicidal behavior.

Many abused children grow up to be abusive adults. Eighty percent of child abusers were once abused as children.

Child Protective Services

If you are worried about a child’s safety, you can call the following Child Protective Service (CPS) numbers, or Police (911), to make a report, which may be anonymous.

  • Oahu 808-832-5300
  • East Hawaii 808-933-0350
  • West Hawaii 808-327-4787
  • Maui 808-243-5143
  • Molokai 808-553-1073
  • Kauai 808-274-3320
  • Lanai 808-565-7102