Hawaiʻi Statewide Family Engagement Center

Local Resources

CDS: The Center on Disability Studies, College of Education at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, is an Organized Research Unit which focuses on education, research, and service activities which impact upon the quality of life of persons with disabilities. 

*HIDOE: The Hawaii State Department of Education is the only state in the nation to have a single, unified, state-wide public school system and comprised of 256 public schools and 34 charter schools.

*LDAH: Leadership in Disabilities & Achievement of Hawai`i (LDAH) is the Parent Training and Information Center for Hawaii and the Pacific Islands. As a PTI, LDAH and its partners provide information and referral, mentoring and advocacy, and education and training to parents and family members of children with disabilities and the professionals who serve them. This organization’s mission is to enhance educational, work and life opportunities for children and youth with or at risk of disabilities by empowering them and their families through screening, identification, information, training and mentoring, and by public outreach and advocacy. 

INPEACE: The Institute for Native Pacific Education and Culture (INPEACE), since 1994, has been working to educate and empower Native Hawaiian Communities by providing prenatal education, small business workshops, family culture-based early learning education, teacher development, and family economic capacity building programs. 

WAO: We Are Oceania (WAO) is a collaborative project aimed at centralizing the support system for all Micronesian communities, families, and individuals in Hawai’i 

PIDF: Partners in Development Foundation (PIDF) is a non-profit public foundation focuses on helping families and communities overcome difficult challenges and equip them for success and service, by using timeless Native Hawaiian values and traditions. Partners in Development creates and implements programs to address the needs of at-risk groups within the Hawaiian community. 

Kamehameha Schools: Kamehameha Schools is a private charitable educational trust endowed by the will of Hawaiian Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop (1831-1884), the great-granddaughter and last direct descendent of King Kamehameha I. Kamehameha Schools provides professional development statewide and supports family and community engagement activities at public and charter schools with high concentration of Native Hawaiian students. 

PACT: Parents and Children Together (PACT) promotes meaningful and healthy relationships between parents and children, while creating support systems that empower people who often have nowhere else to turn. With established centers across the islands of Hawai’i, PACT offers a broad range of educational programs and social services for Hawaii’s most vulnerable families and individuals. 

HFAA: Hawaii Families As Allies (HFAA) is the Hawaii State chapter of the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health and is managed and staffed by parents of children with disabilities, including several who are Certified Parent Support Providers.

SPIN: Special Parent Information Network (SPIN) is a parent to parent organization that provides resources, support, referral & information for families with children with disabilities and the professionals who serve them. 

REL Pacific: The Regional Educational Laboratory for the Pacific Region (REL Pacific) works in partnership with school districts, state departments of education, and other stakeholders to use data and research to improve academic outcomes for students. They will provide Technical Assistance  on meeting The What Works Clearinghouse  “promising evidence” standards.