Hawaiʻi Positive Engagement Project (H-PEP) is designed to extend the knowledge gained from our two successful previous projects, First Step to Success in Hawaiʻi Preschools and The Hawaiʻi Preschool Positive Engagement Project.
H-PEP's top value are a Positive Mindset, Connection, Responsibility, Empowerment, & Well-being.
The primary goals of H-PEP are to:
- Address the professional development (PD) needs of Native Hawaiian early educators (preschool teachers, aides, administrators) and those who work with Native Hawaiian students in Early Childhood Education;
- Build knowledge and increase early educators’ use of effective, research- based, culturally appropriate strategies that will strengthen early learning outcomes for at- risk Native Hawaiian preschool students;
- Build protective factors of Native Hawaiian families with young children by facilitating positive parent engagement and early literacy skills through the use of culturally appropriate research-based strategies;
- Create and disseminate an accessible repository of hardcopy and online materials for continued use post-grant, to increase the sustained use of effective strategies. H-PEP will provide engaging PD in three modalities (in –person, web-based, and mixed), provide mentoring and goal setting support to educators, provide financial support for early educators to access continuing education opportunities, facilitate parent groups, and disseminate information.