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The January 24 event will allow Wai‘anae Coast families to tour KS’ Early Learning Complex which is home to early learning programs run by KS, the PACT Early Headstart program, ‘Aha Pūnana Leo and other organizations.

Mā‘ili Early Learning Complex opens with Preschool Readiness Day

Jan. 19, 2015

Contributed by Shaundor Chillingworth

Kamehameha Schools’ Ka Pua Initiative is hosting its 2nd annual Preschool Readiness Day in conjunction with the grand opening celebration of KS’ Early Learning Complex at the Community Learning Center at Mā‘ili (CLC-M).

The free January 24 event invites Wai‘anae Coast families with keiki 0-4 years old to tour the complex and connect with the island’s many early learning resources that can make preschool both affordable and accessible.

Preschool Readiness Day provides families with information about the preschool application process and the many resources available to make preschool affordable and accessible.

Families can:

  • Sign up for preschool seats at CLC-M’s Preschool Complex and other locations which service the Wai‘anae Coast
  • Receive one-on-one support with filling out applications
  • Learn about financial aid options at workshops held by KS, PATCH – Open Doors, and Keiki o ka ‘Āina
  • Participate in make-and-take activities which support educational development

CLC-M opened its Preschool Complex and Infant and Toddler Center on August 4, 2014, providing valuable services for hundreds of families, many of whom would have been affected by a kindergarten age eligibity change made by the legislature in 2012.

The final building, an Early Learning Kauhale, opened earlier this month. The kauhale provides a one-stop-shop for Wai‘anae Coast families to access a variety of early learning resources. They include: early learning screening and assessments, family workshops, and early learning developmental programs which help families build upon their children’s strengths and address their learning weaknesses.

The kauhale will also host a number of broader services, like computer classes and the Huliko‘a Kaiāulu Scholar Speaker Series.  

For more information on the event or the facility, visit the Ka Pua Initiative website.

The video below captures the highlights of last year's Preschool Readiness Day held at KS’ Community Learning Center at Nānākuli.


Preschool Readiness Day and grand opening of KS’ Early Learning Complex in Mā‘ili, featuring financial aid and early learning resources, snacks, books and activities.

Saturday, January 24, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Community Learning Center at Mā‘ili
87-790 Kulauku St.
Between Kaukama and St. John’s roads

The event, hosted by KS’ Ka Pua Initiative is free and opened to keiki and their families.

RSVPs are encouraged, but not mandatory. Visit the the Ka Pua Initiative website, call 670-2045 or email for more information or to RSVP.

The Early Learning Complex includes an Infant and Toddler Center and a Preschool Complex with areas for keiki to learn, play and explore.

The Community Learning Center at Mā‘ili also includes an Early Learning Kauhale that houses a variety of early learning resources.

The second annual Preschool Readiness Day will connect families with resources to help make preschool affordable and accessible.

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