Little learners will get a boost under the plan agreed to by the House and Senate money committees.
The governor hoped for $5 million to roll out a pre-school program in the public schools but instead got $3 million.
"This year the governor's proposal was to use the Department of Education facilities and that was the amount they came in with to do it with DOE cooperation. So we felt it was more appropriate to put it in the DOE budget than the governor’s office," said House Finance Chair Sylvia Luke.
Lawmakers also gave the nod for $15 million to support the DOE's weighted student formula, $2 million to support after-school athletic programs, $600,000 for teacher evaluations and $800,000 for the charter school commission.
The budget will also cover pay raises for public school principals and educational officers that an arbitrator awarded this week.
"The settlement is a little bit higher than we had anticipated but we should be okay in terms of finding the funds for that," said Senate Ways and Means Chair David Ige.
Money committees say 80 percent of the money set aside Wednesday will go to public schools and the University of Hawaii system.
West Oahu will see $4 million to add 89 new positions.
UH will also receive $19.5 million for faculty raises, something that did not get covered with General Fund money last year.
Luke and Ige said they are still far part apart on which Capital Improvement Projects to fund.
So far, there is no decision to fund a deal to protect Turtle Bay from development.
"We can only float so many bonds. It wasn't in the House budget or the Senate budget. We had a report from the administration that the negotiations for concluding agreement would go to the end of the year and we didn’t factor that in to the budget," Ige said.
Luke said lawmakers have asked to see the details of the agreement in writing.
Budget conferees are to meet again Friday morning.