Head Start offers an early childhood program for children 3 to 5 years of age whose families qualify for our Head Start services. These Head Start centers generally operate a part-day program from 8am to 12 noon that includes breakfast and lunch. We also offer a full-day program to meet the needs of parents who are working or attending school. These Child Development Centers (CDC) generally operate from 7am to 5pm and includes breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack.
The Home Base program services families throughout Oahu emphasizing the parent's role as the primary teacher and advocate for their child. The home visitor visits with the child and family in the comfort of their own home for 1 1/2 hours each week. The home visitor encourages good parenting practices, teaches parenting skills and provides lessons to promote parent-child interactions and learning with age appropriate fun activities. Bi-monthly clusters at various sites with other home base families are planned for group socialization. This is a great way to strengthen parent-child relationships and prepare your child for school.
The Family Child Care Homes (FCCH) is a unique program that offers the same Head Start quality service normally associated with a classroom setting in a home environment. Each certified childcare provider follows Head Start's Performance Standard, to ensure a high quality program in a small group setting. All homes in this program are licensed by the State Department of Human Services.
Head Start believes that all children are entitled to experience and participate actively in natural settings within their communities. This has led to the partnership between the DOE Pre-school Special Education program and Head Start. The Inclusion classrooms are staffed with a DOE Special Education Teacher and Assistant and a Head Start Teacher and Assistant. These team members work together to provide a regular center-based curriculum that is adapted to meet the individual needs and strengths of all the children. All the children and their families benefit from this environment that encourages self-respect, patience and acceptance of others.
We provide child care program for children of Waianae High School teen parents at the Koa Iki facility. The facility runs from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. We service 10 children between the ages 6 weeks to 3 years old. The staff provide developmentally appropriate activities for the children and family support services for the teen parents and their families. The family support services include training and workshops in parenting, early childhood health, nutrition and safety, and two family activities.
Additional information may be found in our Parent Handbook, Program Options section.
We welcome any questions you may have and invite you to call us at 847-2400.
We look forward to assisting you with any of our programs.