PACT Hawaii
PACT Hawaii


PACT Hawaii provides two early childhood education programs:

Early Head Start

Provides services to prenatal parents and parents with toddlers >

Head Start Programs

Provides services for children ages three to five years old >

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Early Head Start and Head Start Programs

Federally funded initiatives, provide early childhood education and related comprehensive services for low-income parents and children and children with special needs. Early Head Start provides services in centers and in homes to prenatal parents and parents with infants and toddlers; parents participate in classrooms and parenting and adult education classes at Kuhio Park Terrace, and in Honolulu, Windward and West Oahu. Head Start serves children ages three through five and their parents to provide a head start for school success. The Kalihi-based program offers early education classes, parent involvement, and health and social services.

The mission of Early Head Start/Head Start is to assist families to be the best that they can be by providing a safe, healthy, and nurturing environment where both parents and children can continue to grow.

EARLY HEAD START download Application

Early Head Start (EHS) is a prenatal-age 3, infant/toddler program for low income families and children with special needs that is designed to nurture and support parents and children by building on families' strengths.

• Home-based services are available
• Center-based services offer full day and part day classes in certain areas
• Breakfast, lunch, and snack provided
• Creative Curriculum
• Promote & encourage father participation
• Diapers are OK - No need to be potty trained
• Prenatal Curriculum for Home Based Services
• Transportation options available

HEAD START download Application

The Head Start (HS) program provides a "head start" for school success for low-income and special needs children 3-5 years of age. Children learn through play and socialization.

• Center based services offer full day and part day classes in certain areas
• Breakfast, lunch, and snack provided
• Creative Curriculum
• Promote & encourage father participation
• Home visits
• Inclusion classrooms with the Department of Education for special needs children
• Transportation options available

In collaboration with the Early Intervention Section and the Department of Education, Early Head Start/ Head Start (EHS/HS) provides services to children with special needs and their families; providing an ideal environment to promote the development of new skills, and support families through the transition process.

Early Head Start and Head Start Annual Report


We require the following items in order to process your Application:

• Verification of income for last 12 months (pay stubs, tax returns, written statement from employers, etc.) OR Verification of TANF benefits (Cash Benefits from Welfare) OR Confirmation of Foster Parent Status.

• Copy of Child's Birth Certificate.

• For prenatal services we also require verification of pregnancy from your doctor.

Prior to entering the program the following additional items are required:

• Adult TB clearance (skin test within past 2 years or chest x-ray within past 5 years).

• Child TB Clearance (within past 12 months for children at least one year old).

• Copy of Child's medical insurance card.

• For enrollment in full-day classes we require verification of 32 or more hours per week of qualifying activities (employment, job training, or school).

• For child care subsidy requirements for full-day enrollment please contact the PACT EHS/HS office at 842-5996.

Child Development - Age appropriate and culturally responsive activities and services.

Family Development - To strengthen families' ability to support and nurture their child's learning & growth.

Staff Development - Continuous training for staff to ensure high-quality services.

Community Development - Increase families' awareness and use of community resources and promote leadership amongst parents.

Who are the Early Head/ Head Start Programs for?

Early Head Start: Low income families and families of children with special needs between the ages of birth to 3 years on Oahu.

Head Start: Low income families and families of children with special needs with children three to five years old who live within Kalihi area.

Is there a fee?

Early Head Start/Head Start is a free or low-cost comprehensive child development program that supports low income families.


Head Start Centers
Kuhio Park Terrace
Kalihi-Waena Elementary
Fern Elementary
Kalihi Elementary

Early Head Start Centers
Kuhio Park Terrace
Leilehua High School
Pearl City

Home-Based Services are also available

Mailing Address
1485 Linapuni Street, Suite 105
Honolulu, HI 96819
Phone: 842-5996
Fax: 845-2066

Office Hours
Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm


Hawaii County Head Start - Administrative Office
27 Waianuenue Ave.
Hilo, HI 96720

Mailing address
27 Waianuenue Ave
Hilo, HI 96870
Fax: 1-808-961-0575

HCDC (Hilo Child Development Center)
Kea'au Elem Inclusion
Mt. View (Pre-Plus) Center
Hawaiian Beaches
Pu'ueo Ekahi/Elua Center
Kapiolani Center
Kalaniana'ole Center
Keauhou Head Start (Main office)
Keauhou Head Start

Early Head Start/Head Start Program is primarily funded by:
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, The Administration of Children and Families, The Hawaii Office of Community Services.