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:
- Keolu Elementary
- Linapuni Elementary
- Nanakuli Elementary
- Waiahole Elementary
- Waialua Elementary
- Eleele Elementary
- Kekaha Elementary
- Honokaa Elementary
- Hookena Elementary
- Kau High & Pahala Elementary
- Keaau Elementary
- Keonepoko Elementary
- Konawaena Elementary
- Mountain View Elementary
- Naalehu Elementary
- Pahoa 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 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.