Lauren Moriguchi is Director of the Executive Office on Early Learning. She is responsible for coordinating efforts to ensure a solid foundation for Hawai‘i’s children by working with partners, families, and communities, and connecting policies, programs, and funding in order to increase access to high quality early childhood education in Hawai‘i.
Moriguchi’s experience in the field of education has included employment within the Department of Education (DOE) as well as in the private sector. She has served as a preschool teacher, special education teacher, mentor, resource teacher, and educational officer at both the district and state levels.
Moriguchi has partnered with Special Olympics Hawai‘i since December 2012 and has been instrumental in developing the structure for the Young Athlete’s Program, which provides children 2 ½ to 7 years of age with a developmentally appropriate learning environment for children and parents while providing leadership skills to middle and high school students.
A graduate of the University of Idaho, Moriguchi received her Bachelor’s Degree in Child, Family and Consumer Sciences with an emphasis on early childhood and a minor in Aging Studies. She is currently working on her Master’s Degree in Curriculum Studies with an emphasis on prek-3.