The EOEL Public Prekindergarten program serves 3- and 4-year-old children who are in the two years before kindergarten entry. Children must be 3 or 4 on or before July 31 of the current year. Please visit the Executive Office on Early Learning's website for more information.
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:
The Community Learning Center at Māʻili
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.
PATCH is a community service organization dedicated to supporting Hawai‘i’s child care needs. PATCH provides access to registered and licensed child care, offers child care subsidies to eligible families, provides child development training and ECE scholarship opportunities, and assists those interested in starting a family child care business. PATCH is a free resource hub for families, child care professionals and communities of Hawai‘i.