In Hawaiʻi, the use of older family members to care for children ages birth to five is a very familiar practice. Grandparents, or tūtū, are often the primary caregivers of their young grandchildren because of socio-economic conditions, as well as the value of ‘ohana (family).
Tūtū and Me aims to identify, recruit, and service this underserved segment of the Native Hawaiian population through an innovative traveling preschool program done in cooperation with churches and community organizations serving the Hawaiian and part-Hawaiian community. Tūtū and Me aims to meet the developmental needs of these young children and to support the grandparents — as well as parents and other primary caregivers — who are raising them.
For more information visit: www.pidfoundation.org or watch the video below for an overview of the program.