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The Economic Impact of the Early Care and Education Industry in Hawai'i

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The early care and education industry in Hawai'i encompasses a range of programs that are part of
the formal economy and which are designed to nurture, support, enrich, and educate children from birth
through age 12 outside of traditional kindergarten through 12th grade (K-12) education. Licensed center-based programs, family child care homes, after-school programs, public pre-schools (County-, State-, and Federal-funded programs), private pre-schools, and Head Start child development centers are all considered part of the early care and education industry (ECE industry). The industry has two main functions, both of which have changed
significantly over time, and which link it to the economy.