Keiki Steps to Kindergarten

Let Keiki Steps to Kindergarten start your child off right.

Impact Statement

Since 2004, Keiki Steps to Kindergarten (KSTK) has better prepared and successfully transitioned 5,359 keiki and families to kindergartens at forty-six different schools across the state. In 2014 alone, 388 keiki and their families participated in KSTK.

About the Program

When your child attends our FREE two- to three-week summer Keiki Steps-to-Kindergarten program, his or her transition to kindergarten will be more exciting and academically productive because you and your child together will learn what to expect from the first day of kindergarten and beyond.

Unfamiliar environments can create a sense of apprehension in children and their parents. Keiki Steps to Kindergarten helps children ease into a group-learning environment, enhancing every child’s ability to excel academically. Those achievements make parents and their children very proud. Parents can provide their children with essential support and understanding, facilitating a smooth and enjoyable transition into school.

Statistics reveal that 97 percent of children who have attended preschool do not require a period of transition to become comfortable with classroom etiquette. As a result, they are able to more effectively socialize and learn with other children.

Ninety-eight percent of parents who’ve completed this program feel prepared to be involved in their keiki’s learning.

Parents should register their child at the school where the child will be attending kindergarten. Because children who have never experienced a preschool environment experience a greater challenge adjusting to kindergarten, they are given priority in enrollment. Space is limited. Thus enrollment is granted on a first-come, first-serve basis.



Who Are The Funders?

Kamehameha Schools is currently funding this program.



In 2014, 388 Students at 28 Schools Participated at
Our KSTK Locations Across the State


How Do I Enroll?

To ensure a smooth registration process, INPEACE has developed a kindergarten checklist:

  1. Contact your neighborhood school or district office to learn which school your child will be attending.
  2. Schedule a physical examination and an appointment for the required immunizations. Complete form 14.
  3. Pick up a registration packet from your elementary school office as early as February 1.
  4. Bring the following documents to your elementary school office:
    1. Kindergarten registration form
    2. Child’s birth certificate
    3. Document showing proof of address
    4. Form 14, or immunization form

Registering your child early for kindergarten requires preparation. Plan to register your child for school for the first time knowing that you have done everything you can to facilitate a stress-free procedure.

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Success Stories

“One student was having a very
rough time coming to class each day.

It took the entire first week and a couple of extra days for him to make the transition. By the eighth or ninth day, he started to come in easily and was ready to go. When praised for being so brave to come to school, he just smiled.”

–Summer Lefau
Lā’ie Elementary

“We had a girl who didn’t have
any preschool experience…

but had an answer for everything when given direction. During the duration of her attendance, she learned how to sit properly and follow instructions. She also learned how to write her name.”

Wendi Kimura
Keaukaha Elementary