Applications are being accepted for high-quality pre-kindergarten classes at select charter schools on four islands. The free program is being made available to income eligible families whose children are born on or between August 1, 2012 and July 31, 2013.
The Pre-K program is administered by the Hawaii State Public Charter School Commission. In 2014, the Commission applied for the U.S. Department of Education Preschool Development Grant and was one of 18 states awarded the highly competitive grant. The $14.8 million, four-year grant has allowed Hawaiʻi to expand its early childhood education system.
Each classroom is limited to 20 students and will have a qualified teacher and assistant. The pre-kindergarten classes are available in the following schools on four islands:
Ka ‘Umeke Kā’eo, Hilo (808) 933-3482
Ke Kula ‘O Nāwahīokalani’ōpu’u Iki Lab Charter School, Kea’au (808) 982-4260
Kua o ka Lā New Century Public Charter School, Pāhoa (808) 965-2193
Laupāhoehoe Community Public Charter School, Laupāhoehoe (808) 962-2200
Nā Wai Ola Public Charter School, Mountain View (808) 968-2318
Volcano School of Arts & Sciences, Volcano (808) 985-9800
Ke Kula Ni’ihau O Kekaha Learning Center, Kekaha (808) 337-0481
Kula Aupuni Niihau A Kahelelani Aloha (KANAKA), Kekaha (808) 337-2022
Kualapu’u Public Conversion Charter School, Kualapu’u (808) 567-6900
Kamaile Academy, Waianae (808) 697-7110
Kamalani Academy Wahiawa (808) 203-2993
Ke Kula ‘o Samuel M. Kamakau Laboratory Public Charter School, Kaneohe (808) 235-9175
Wai’alae Elementary Public Charter School, Honolulu (808) 733-4880
Through this Preschool Development Grant, Hawai’i keiki will have an opportunity for the best start at their education and it will help them prepare for later success in school and life.
For more information and an application, please contact the charter school directly, or call Deanne Goya at the Commissionʻs office at (808)586-3775. Click here for Pre-K photos.