Partnerships with state agencies

An overview of programs, services and initiatives jointly provided by the Hawaii DOE and other state agencies.

Higher education

The Hawaii DOE partners with the University of Hawaii System in the Hawaii P-20 collaborative as well as the following:

  • Hawaii Keiki: Healthy and Ready to Learn: A partnership between the University of Hawai‘i (UH) at Manoa Nursing and the Hawai‘i DOE, the program enhances and builds school-based health services that screen for treatable health conditions; provide referral to primary health care and patient centered medical home services; prevent and control communicable disease and other health problems; and provide emergency care for illness or injury.​ Learn more.

  • Be A Hero, Be A Teacher: Promotional campaign with the UH College of Education to promote the benefits of the teaching profession and to grow the pool of locally-based teachers. Learn more.

  • Teacher Education Coordinating Committee: TECC is an advisory committee composed of the Superintendent of Education and the Dean of the College of Education of the University of Hawaii, who serve in alternate years as
    Chairperson; a representative from each accredited teacher education unit in Hawaii; a representative from the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board; and others appointed by the Superintendent and Dean. TECC covers matters of common interest to the Department of Education and institutions of higher learning in Hawaii, including
    the development of strong teacher training programs.

  • Dual Credit: Opportunities for students to earn college credit at their high schools or at a neighboring UH college or university campus. Learn more.

Department of Health

  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division: The Hawaii DOE's School-Based Behaviorial Health staff work with this division on any exceptional assistance students may need for their mental health. Learn more.

  • School Health: The Hawaii DOE works in conjunction with the University of Hawaii and the Department of Health to ensure the latest research and guidance are represented in our health, wellness and physical activity standards, and to survey youth and staff for health and wellness trends. Learn more.

  • Vaccines and Immunizations: Coordination with the Disease Outbreak Control Division centers around ensuring students meet all School Health Requirements upon enrollment. It also includes programs such as Stop Flu at School to help stop the seasonal spread of influenza, as well as working to disseminate information on any health advisories and warnings. Learn more.

Department of Human Services

Using Temporary Assistance to Needy Families funding, DHS helps the Hawaii DOE extend the reach of the following after-school programs:

  • A+ Program: Tuition subsidies for qualified low-income families enable their children to attend A+ for free. The program provides enrichment and physical activities such as arts, crafts, drama, dance, sports and games.

  • UPLINK: This program for middle school students aims to deter students in this age group from at-risk behaviors. Optional programming includes cooking, gardening, music, dance, seasonal sports, crafts, math club, science club, multimedia and computer activities with an emphasis on character-building and good decision-making, as well as homework assistance and tutoring.

Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts

  • Artists in the Schools: All public schools, including charter schools, are eligible to apply to the HSFCA for grants of up to $6,000 per school for artist residencies using a teaching artist from the HSFCA’s Artistic Teaching Partners Roster. A residency consists of 5 to 8 or more sessions by the artist with the same students. This program is also generously supported by the Hawaii Community Foundation. Learn more.


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