In school year 2018-2019, selected public charter schools in Hawai‘i will be offering public prekindergarten programs to eligible four-year-old children.
In 2014, the Hawaiʻi State Public Charter School Commission applied for the U.S. Department of Education Preschool Development Grant. Hawai‘i was one of 18 states awarded this opportunity. This grant allows Hawai‘i to continue to build on statewide efforts to support Hawaii’s early childhood system. Each participating school can serve 20 eligible pre-kindergarten students in each class.
Through this Preschool Development Grant, children may have the opportunity to have the best start in his or her education, because children who are well-prepared for school can focus on learning and experience greater achievement in school and throughout life.
Through a strong family engagement component, families will build on their skills to be their child’s first teacher and play a vital supporting role in their child's education. The goal of this charter school prekindergarten program is to build on a childʻs existing skills and to strengthen their familyʻs ability to support their learning.
The enrollment selection is based on:
1. Completion of the student’s application packet in full (school will provide);
2. Age eligibility – for school year 2018-2019, the child must have been born on or between August 1, 2013 and July 31, 2014; and
3. Income eligibility – the family’s income must fall at or below 200% of Hawai‘i's current Federal Poverty Guidelines based on family size. The list below shows the calculated income for families interested in applying.
Family of two can earn up to $37,860
Family of three can earn up to $47,800
Family of four can earn up to $57,740
Family of five can earn up to $67,680
Family of six can earn up to $77,620
Family of seven can earn up to $87,560
Family of eight can earn up to $97,500
Eleven public charter schools are offering high-quality free pre-kindergarten educational services to eligible children. The following schools participate in the $14.8 million, four-year Preschool Development Grant awarded to the State Public Charter School Commission:
Kamaile Academy Public Charter School
Ke Kula ʻo Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu Iki Laboratory Public Charter School (Nānākuli campus)
Ke Kula O Samuel M. Kamakau Laboratory Public Charter School
Waiʻalae Elementary Public Charter School
Nā Wai Ola Public Charter School
Laupāhoehoe Community Public Charter School
Ke Kula ‘o Nāwahīokalani‘ōpu‘u Iki Laboratory Public Charter School (Hilo & Waimea Campuses)
Ka ‘Umeke Kā‘eo Public Charter School
Kua O Ka Lā New Century Public Charter School
Volcano School of Arts and Sciences
Kualapu‛u School: A Public Conversion Charter
Ke Kula Niihau O Kekaha
Click on the school’s name to be taken to its website and learn more about the school and to find information on the pre-K program and obtain contact information. For additional information, please contact the Commission’s Pre-K Grant Manager, Deanne Goya, at Deanne.Goya@spcsc.hawaii.gov or (808) 586-5227.