EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION – ISLAND OF HAWAII
Early childhood education programs offered on the Island of Hawaii (Big Island) are as follows:
- Head Start– West Hawaii, Waimea, East Hawaii and Puna
- Early Head Start Home-Based Services– island-wide on Hawaii Island specifically East Hawaii
Head Start (HS) is a federally funded program that provides early childhood education and comprehensive services for low-income families with children ages three to five years old. HS supports children’s growth and development in a positive learning environment. Services are provided in a classroom setting with hours of operation ranging from four to 10 hours a day.
HS is offered on Hawaii Island in West Hawaii, Waimea, East Hawaii and Puna.
- Center based services
- Part-day (4-5hrs/day), full-day (6hrs/day) , and extended day (8-10hrs/day) available depending on location
- Breakfast, lunch, and snack provided
- Toilet trained not required
- Creative Curriculum implemented in all classrooms
- Home visits twice a year
- Licensed by Department of Human Services
- State of Hawaii Child Care Subsidy and Preschool Open Doors accepted for extended day option (8-10hrs/day)
Early Head Start (EHS) is a federally funded program that provides prenatal, early childhood education and comprehensive services for low-income families with infants and toddlers under the age of three, and pregnant women. Island of Hawaii offers an EHS home-based program only. Future plans are being made for classroom locations at Hawaiian Beaches and Hilo.
EHS home-based services are delivered through weekly home visits for each child. A home visitor provides child-focused visits that promote the parents’ ability to support their child’s development. Twice a month, the program provides group socialization activities to give children and parents the opportunity to come together and socialize through parent-child group activities. EHS home-based services are offered island wide on Hawaii Island, specifically East Hawaii.
- Weekly home visits lasting 1.5 hours
- Group socializations twice a month
- Pre-natal curriculum for pregnant mothers
- Partners for a Healthy Baby curriculum