Keiki from KS Preschool in Māʻili enjoy painting and other hands-on activities.
The Early Childhood Funders Collaborative – a national group of early learning funders – launched a three-day Hawai‘i study tour by visiting the KS Community Learning Center at Ma’ili (CLCM). At CLCM, participants learned about Hawaiian culture-based education, and visited programs driven by KS and collaborators including Partners in Development Foundation, Aha Punana Leo, Keiki O Ka 'Aina and INPEACE.
The participants also learned about the early learning context in Hawai‘i through presentations by the UH Center of the Family and Aloha United Way.
The Hawai‘i study tour was a long-desired endeavor championed by the Samuel N. and Mary Castle Foundation(SMCF), a committed advocate and funder of early learning in Hawai‘i. KS collaborated with SMCF and the Hawai‘i Community Foundation to help with planning and hosting the tour. Developing relationships with the ECFC helps cast a wider net for potential increased support and resources for Hawaiʻi’s keiki to access early education.
Following the CLCM visit, the remaining study tour days were spend visiting the KEY Project in Kahalu’u, Oahu, and the Milestones, a transdisciplinary health center focused on improving care for children with disabilities and neurological conditions in Hawai‘i.