Kamehameha has 30 preschools statewide that enroll over 1,600 keiki, ages 3 and 4. Each classroom has a qualified teacher and a teaching assistant, making the adult to child ratio 1-to-10.
Kamehameha preschools, in partnership with you and your family, will help your child achieve his/her highest potential by providing a setting for formal learning –classrooms, staff, materials, equipment, facilities and other students – and by facilitating active, meaningful learning experiences. Supporting your child will assure that he/she gets the most out of these developmentally and culturally appropriate educational experiences.
Foundations for Early Learning
Research states that the brain is developed over time and a substantial portion is developed during the early years of life. Healthy brain architecture happens within the context of appropriate sensory input and stable and supportive relationships. During these early years, the foundations of thinking, language, vision and behavioral attitudes are established.
The focus of Kamehameha’s preschool program is to promote each child’s overall well-being by addressing the child’s physical, social, emotional, cognitive, language, cultural and spiritual development.
Positive relationships are fostered through natural conversations, social dramatic play, planned activities, celebrations and scheduled events where everyone participates together as a group. In addition, learning about and integrating cultural information and practicing Hawaiian values such as Aloha, Mālama, Pono, Kuleana, Laulima and Lokomaika‘i is encouraged as part of everyday preschool life.
Classrooms are organized into several learning centers and a large group area for story time, music, dance and creative movement activities. Learning centers – reading, writing, art, science, math, dramatic play, blocks, manipulatives, discovery and sensory – have been placed to promote interactions and friendships and develop children’s different skills and abilities. Applications are accepted from November through January.
- Kalihi-Pālama (Hawaiʻi Kai – Pearl City)
- Kahaluʻu (Kailua to Kahuku)
- Hoaliku Drake (Waipahu to Mākaha)
- Pu‘u Kāhea
- Hāmākua (Waikoloa to Laupahoehoe)
- Keaukaha (Papaʻaloa to Nāʻālehu)
- Kona (Kailua-Kona to Waiʻōhinu)
- Häna (Keʻanae to Kahikinui)
- Paukūkalo (All of Maui)
- Anahola (All of Kauaʻi)
- Kalamaʻula (All of Molokaʻi)
Kamehameha preschools operate for 10 months a year (August-May). In general, preschool instruction is six hours a day. An extended-day program is offered at certain preschool sites for an additional fee and begins when the preschool closes and ends between 5:00 to 5:30 p.m. Preschools close for holidays, fall, winter and spring breaks, parent-teacher conferences and teacher work days.