Little Minds Matter. Our keiki Matter.
Did you know that 90% of an individualʻs brain is developed before age 5 and that about half of Hawaiʻi's keiki do not go to preschool?
Through Act 46 of the Hawaiʻi Legislative Session 2020, our legislature voted unanimously in support of sustaining eighteen classrooms in charter schools previously funded through the federal Preschool Development Grant. Our legislators proudly put keiki first!
Evidence shows that high-quality preschool helps prepare children for later success in school and in life.
Register Your Keiki For Free High-Quality Preschool Today
Posted: March 19, 2021
Select Charter Schools on Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi Island, Kauaʻi and Molokai are now accepting applications for their high-quality preschool programs for the 2021-2022 school year.
Evidence shows that high-quality preschool can lay the foundation for a child’s success in school and in life. Social emotional learning is a priority and essential for a child’s development. A child’s family is their most influential teacher and plays a vital role in his or her education. The goal of this early learning program is to build a child’s existing skills and strengthen a family’s ability to support their child’s learning.
This free early learning program is for three- and four-year-old children who are born between August 1, 2016 and July 31, 2018.
All three- and four-year old children will be considered, based upon space availability. Each classroom provides a safe, nurturing and holistic learning environment with a 10:1 student to teaching staff ratio.
To register your child for a charter preschool program, please contact the school directly. Here is a list of participating schools with their contact information.
- Ka ʻUmeke Kāʻeo PCS, Keaukaha (808)982-4260
- Ke Kula ʻo Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu Lab PCS, Keaʻau & Waimea (808) 982-4260
- Kua o ka Lā, Pāhoa (808)981-5866
- Laupāhoehoe Community PCS, (808)962-2200
- Nā Wai Ola PCS, Mountain View (808)968-2318
- Volcano School of Arts & Sciences (808)985-9800
- Ke Kula Niihau O Kekaha Learning Center (808)337-0481
- Kamaile Academy, Waiʻanae (808)697-7110
- Waiʻalae Elementary Public Charter School (808)733-4800
- Ke Kula ʻo Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu Iki Lab PCS, Nānākuli (808)620-9052
- Ke Kula ʻo Samuel M. Kamakau Laboratory PCS, Kāneʻohe (808)235-9175
- Kualapuʻu Charter School (808)567-6900
For more information or to register a child, please contact the charter school directly. If you have any questions, please contact Deanne Goya, the Early Learning Program Director at the Commission office at (808)586-3775.
Meet our Pre-K Schools
- Ka ʻUmeke Kāʻeo Immersion PCS, Keaukaha (808) 982-4260
- Ke Kula ʻo Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu Iki Lab PCS, Keaʻau & Waimea (808) 965-2193
- Kua o ka Lā New Century PCS, Pāhoa (808) 965-2193
- Kua o ka Lā New Century PCS, Hilo (808) 981-5866
- Laupāhoehoe Community PCS (808) 962-2200
- Nā Wai Ola PCS, Mountain View (808) 968-2318
- Volcano School of Arts & Sciences (808) 985-9800
- Ke Kula Niihau O Kekaha Learning Center (808) 337-0481
- Kualapuʻu School: Public Conversion Charter School (808) 567-6900
- Kamaile Academy, Waiʻanae (808) 697-7110
- Ke Kula ʻo Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu Iki Lab PCS, Nānākuli (808) 620-9052
- Ke Kula ʻo Samuel M. Kamakau Laboratory PCS, Kāneʻohe (808) 235-9175
- Waiʻalae Elementary Public Charter School, Honolulu (808) 733-4880
Investing in Pre-K and Beyond
"The Thinking Classroom" - Putting the Ideas of Project Zero into Action
We are initiating this project with charter schools to create a strong pre-K to grade 3 charter school network that is grounded in high-quality instruction and thinking practices. We will diligently work to add a Hawa`i focus to the visible thinking and learning moves that make up the core of this project.
For more than fifty years, Project Zero has pioneered research that examines key facets of human potential such as intelligence, creativity, thinking and understanding.
What kinds of learning experiences lead to deep understanding for students? How can teachers and leaders create classrooms and schools that feel engaging for students and adults?
What can school be like for students when teachers are committed to exploring and reflecting upon big ideas in teaching and learning?
Those at Project Zero continually examine how educators can design experiences for all learners within a community that are inspiring, engaging and purposeful.
Now, over the next two school years (SY 2020-2021 & 2021-2022), a team of researchers and longtime collaborators of Project Zero will venture into a joint professional learning experience with school-based teams within the Hawai`i State Public Charter School Commission. With a firm belief that learning unfolds in collaboration with others, participants will:
- experience and take actions around big questions at the heart of teaching and learning.
- have time and space to collaborate with others from their own schools, as well as across the state.
- think deeply about what we can do to make a powerful impact on who students become as thinkers and learners as a result of our efforts and stewardship.
Expectations for The Thinking Classroom
Thinking Classroom elements are neither a curriculum to follow nor a program to implement. Rather, these ideas engage educators in critical questions that lead teachers and school leaders into subtle, yet profound actions that will help students' growth and development. While all participating schools will explore core ideas, each school will be supported to adapt these ideas in ways that make sense for its own unique context.
Participating schools can look forward to taking concrete steps and carrying out specific actions to enhance student learning. These actions will include the use of visible thinking practices across classroom settings, creating a system of teacher support within the school that leads to effective instructional moves in classrooms, and ongoing reflection on student learning, growth and achievement as a result of teachers and school leaders engaging within the ideas of this project.