Hawaii Department of Education - Community Engagement Branch

Welcome to the Hawaii State Department of Education's Community Engagement Branch in the Office of Strategy, Innovation and Performance website. We are excited to share our values with you by providing: resources, events, and teams that will help you engage with families, schools, and communities statewide.

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Out of School Time

The Out of School Time Network (OST) consists of state and federally-funded, high-quality programs that link learning from the regular school day to the out-of-school time space to help improve student outcomes, such as behavior, attendance, and course marks. OST programs provide students a time and place to receive academic and social-emotional learning supports outside of the regular school hours.

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Provide students with academic enrichment opportunities along with activities designed to complement the students’ regular academic program. 



Provides student-interest activities that aim to proactively prevent students in grades 6, 7, and 8 from engaging in risky behaviors in the out-of-school hours. 



The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 provides Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funds to HIDOE schools serving students in grades PreK-12.


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Students are given time to complete homework and participate in enrichment and physical activities such as arts, crafts, drama, dance, sports and games.


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This statewide initiative provides an organizational framework for public schools to offer after-school programs for middle and intermediate school students so they can stay on track toward high school graduation and be better prepared for future success.


Family and Community Engagement

The Hawaii Department of Education (HIDOE) has adopted the National Family, School and Community’s (NAFSCE) Definition of Family and Community Engagement.

Effective Family Engagement is:

  1. A shared responsibility in which schools and other community agencies and organizations are committed to reaching out to engage families in meaningful ways and in which families are committed to actively supporting their children's learning and development.
  2. Continuous across a child’s life and entails enduring commitment but changing parent roles as children mature into young adulthood.
  3. Cuts across and reinforces learning in the multiple settings where children learn- at home, in prekindergarten programs, in school, in after school programs, in faith-based institutions, and in the community.

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Serve children and families including those with disabilities and mental health needs through collaborative partnerships.


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Works with the Interstate Compact to smooth the experience for military families who enroll their children in Hawaii's public schools.



Community Engagement Branch Logo_Text Ring White_256@2xLocal Community & Global Partnerships

The Community Engagement Branch supports relationships between schools, businesses, industry partners, community organizations, and global partnerships. We facilitate the acceptance of donations, gifts, and collaborative opportunities at both school and state levels.

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Out of School Time Programs

Continuous Notice of Non-Discrimination

The Hawaii State Department of Education (Department) and its schools do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, and religion in its programs and activities. Please direct inquiries regarding Department nondiscrimination policies as follows:

Civil Rights Compliance Branch
Hawaii State Department of Education
P.O. Box 2360
Honolulu, Hawaii 96804
(808) 586-3322 or relay