Early Learning

The Department is in the process of coordinating the Pre-kindergarten program and partnering with organizations and agencies to expand learning opportunities for Hawaii's children ages prenatal to age five.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​2017-18 Pre-kindergarten applications

Applications are being accepted for the 2017-18 school year. Qualifying applications received after April 29 are waitlisted and will be accepted if class space permits. Download the guidelines and application here. Your child must have been born on or between August 1, 2012 and July 31, 2013 to be eligible. Schools that offer Pre-Kindergarten:

OAHU

  • Keolu Elementary
  • Linapuni Elementary
  • Nanakuli Elementary
  • Waiahole Elementary
  • Waialua Elementary

KAUAI

  • Eleele Elementary
  • Kekaha Elementary

HAWAII ISLAND

  • Honokaa Elementary
  • Hookena Elementary
  • Kau High & Pahala Elementary
  • Keaau Elementary
  • Keonepoko Elementary
  • Konawaena Elementary
  • Mountain View Elementary
  • Naalehu Elementary
  • Pahoa Elementary

MAUI

  • Hana High & Elementary

LANAI

  • Lanai High & Elementary

MOLOKAI

  • Kaunakakai 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.

In the 2018-19 school year, five more schools will offer Pre-K classes: Kohala Elementary (Big Island), Kula Elementary (Maui), Kilohana Elementary (Molokai), Kailua Elementary (Oahu), and Kalihi Uka Elementary (Oahu).

Head Start

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:

Maili Community Learning Center

​Families on the Waianae 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.​

Hawaii P-3 Initiative

​​Hawaii P-3​ is dedicated to supporting the development and implementation of statewide initiatives for children from birth through age 8 with the goal of reading at grade level by 3rd grade. It is supported by generous grants from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Harold K​.L. Castle Foundation, the Samuel N. and Mary Castle Foundation, and Kamehameha Schools. It is engaged with early childhood learning ​demo sites at five Department Complex Areas.​​​

Pre​​school Open Doors

The Department of Human Services (DHS) encourages families to apply for its Preschool Open Doors (POD) program for preschool participation during July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. Applications are due May 31, 2017. POD serves more than 1,500 children statewide, provides child care subsidies to eligible low- and moderate-income families to pay preschool tuition, and aims to provide children whose families might otherwise not be able to afford preschool the opportunity to gain essential skills to be successful in school and in life.​

Contact Information

Lauren Moriguchi

Phone: 808-586-3811

Email: lauren.k.moriguchi@hawaii.gov

Strategic Plan 2017-2020

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