"Mikiala" means to be prompt, early, on hand, present.
The Mikiala Early Screening Program (Mikiala) is a school-readiness project that provides free developmental, hearing, and vision screening to 3 and 4 year olds in the Farrington catchment area. Following the screening, Preschool Development Specialists provide information to parents about their child's health and development, and what steps they can take to increase their child's readiness for school, such as fun activities parents can do with their child and community resources that families can access to assist them. Families may be referred to Mikiala by community providers, or may self-refer.
Families receive short-term services. These services are voluntary and are provided free of charge.
Families who are in the Farrington High School catchment area of Kalihi-Palama.
Families with children ages 3 to 4 years old.
Families who want to help their children be prepared for kindergarten.
What Screening Tools Do the Mikiala Staff Members Use?
The Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) screens the child in five areas of development: Communication (language), Gross Motor (large muscles), Fine Motor (small muscles), Problem Solving, and Personal-Social. This tool is completed by the Preschool Development Specialists in conversation with the parent(s) and by observing the child try tasks that are typical for his/her age.
The Ages and Stages Questionnaire – Social Emotional (ASQ-SE) is completed by the Preschool Development Specialists by discussing with the parent(s) their child's behavior, routines, and habits. Hearing Test- OEA (Otoacoustic Emissions Technology) Vision Test- 3D LEA Symbol puzzle and flip chart by Good-Lite.
Preschool Development Specialists have experience working with children and administering developmental, hearing, and vision screenings. They also provide information to parents on child development, parenting, child health, and tips about activities to do to get your child ready for school. They are friendly and caring helpers.
Honolulu Community Action Program (HCAP) Head Start
UH Center of Disabilities Studies
Kalihi-Palama Health Center
Kokua Kalihi Valley Health Center
Learning Disabilities Association of Hawaii
Institute for Human Services (IHS)
Linapuni Elementary School
Screening: Your child will receive four screens: ASQ, ASQ-SE, hearing, and vision completed by the parent(s) and a Mikiala Preschool Development Specialist, who will discuss the results with you so that you understand your child's current level of development.
Referral and Case Management: The Preschool Development Specialists will assist parents in applying for a medical home, DOE, Head Start, Private Preschool, referral for financial assistance in paying for preschool, and other community services that may assist you in promoting your child's health and development.
Parent Workshops: Parents will be given the opportunity to learn about child health, development, and school readiness skills that will better prepare you and your child for attending school.
Home Activity Curriculum: You will be offered a packet of fun activities that you can do with your child to help to help him/her be ready for school.
For more information call (808) 841-2245
Fax (808) 842-9604
1505 Dillingham Blvd. #208
Honolulu, HI 96817
1485 Linapuni Street, #105
Honolulu, HI 96819
Mikiala Early Screening Program is funded by Aloha United Way and Parents And Children Together.