All Children Supported
Photo: Literacy, Instruction and Support teachers at Nanaikapono Elementary help students build a strong foundation for learning.
All children are supported in learning by the people and community around them to address all needs for learning.
This area of work focuses on the ability to leverage relationships and support to students through a wraparound system of care that transforms and energizes a positive and engaging school culture. The goal is to build community and school partnerships to:
- Get kids to school
- Keep them in school,
- Engage them in learning
By providing social and support services to youth, individuals and families, students are prepared for educational success and self-sufficiency.
The idea is to align resources with other community organizations, such as libraries, parks, neighborhood health clinics and area churches and businesses, so schools can be transformed to community learning centers. The vision is one where schools are a service delivery site for a comprehensive set of programs/services including educational, enrichment, recreational, social and health services.
School-based plans continue to be developed and implementation will be piloted over a few Nānākuli-Wai‘anae complex school sites. Representatives from the Department of Education, community organizations and the Ka Pua Initiative have taken part in various Community Schools visits and conferences looking at best practices and models from across the country.
Examples of this work currently happening on the Wai‘anae Coast:
- After-School All-Stars Hawaii - in 2011, through support from Kamehameha Schools, the Campbell Family Foundation and a 21st Century Learning grant, the After-School All-Stars program was expanded to service both Nānākuli and Wai‘anae Intermediate Schools.
- Integrated web of community programs - a number of significant efforts have been made to keep service providers connected. Annually, a conference is held, connecting this network many of whom also participate in the Wai‘anae Coast Keiki Spring Fest.