2019-2020 PreK applications
Children age four on or before July 31 of the applicable school year are eligible to attend PreK. Download the flyer and application packet from the Executive Office on Early Learning. Applications are now being accepted. Schools that offer PreK:
- Kailua Elementary
- Kalihi Uka Elementary
- Keolu Elementary
- Linapuni Elementary
- Nānākuli Elementary
- Waiāhole Elementary
- Waialua Elementary
- ‘Ele‘ele Elementary
- Kekaha Elementary
- Honoka‘a Elementary
- Ho‘okena Elementary
- Ka‘u High & Pāhala Elementary
- Kea‘au Elementary
- Keonepoko Elementary
- Kohala Elementary
- Konawaena Elementary
- Mountain View Elementary
- Na‘alehu Elementary
- Pāhoa Elementary
- Kaunakakai Elementary
- Kilohana Elementary
There are also public charter schools that offer Pre-K — a list of schools can be found on the charter school commission website here.
2020 PreK expansion
The 2019 legislative session approved support that will enable 10 more PreK classrooms to open in fall 2020:
- O‘ahu: ‘Aiea Elementary, Hale‘iwa Elementary, Nānāikapono Elementary, Wai‘anae Elementary, Palolo Elementary, Waimanālo Elementary & Intermediate;
- Hawai‘i Island: Chiefess Kapiolani Elementary, Hilo Union Elementary, Honaunau Elementary;
- Maui: Pukalani Elementary.
Head Start and Early Head Start programs support the mental, social, and emotional development of children from low-income families from birth to age 5. In addition to education services, programs provide children and their families with health, nutrition, social, and other services. Head Start services are responsive to each child and family's ethnic, cultural, and linguistic heritage.
The Head Start federal grants are managed by the following nonprofit agencies. Contact them for services:
Māʻili Community Learning Center
Families on the Waiʻanae Coast can connect with the center's
Preschool Complex to access classrooms being operated by Kamehameha Schools and a variety of community organizations including ‘Aha Pūnana Leo, HCAP – Head Start, INPEACE Keiki Steps program, Keiki o ka ‘Aina and Wai‘anae Coast Early Education Center.
Learning to Grow
The Learning to Grow Project (LTG), under the University of Hawaiʻi Center on the Family, provides statewide educational outreach services to families with children ages birth to 5 and their Family, Friend, and Neighbor (license-exempt) child care providers. They provide parents with information about child care options and the importance of the quality of the early learning environment.