Over the past six years, 825 children on the Waiʻanae Coast, of which over 79 percent are Native Hawaiian, were successfully enrolled in early childhood education programs with the help of Hoʻāla recruiters. Since 2011, these recruiters have helped to boost preschool enrollment along the entire Waiʻanae Coast and more than $665,000 was put back into the pockets of families, through subsidies to pay for preschool tuition.
About the Program
Hoʻāla is the front line in promoting successful keiki transitions from home to ECE to kindergarten, which is important as studies have shown the positive impact of ECE on children’s long-term academic and economic outcomes. Benefits of the program to the communities served include increased family awareness of ECE programs, increased enrollment and attendance of keiki in the available preschool programs, and increased opportunity for referrals to other social services that increase family well-being.
The Hoʻāla program conducts year-round outreach to families of prenatal to five-year-old children, making sure that families on the Waiʻanae Coast have access to information and guidance about the types of Early Childhood Education (ECE) and preschool services available to them. Operating from a foundational premise of meeting families where they’re at, the first contact is often made through door-to-door neighborhood canvassing, informational kiosks various community locations, and presence at community events. Recruiters then work confidentially and one-on-one with families through every step of selecting the best-fit ECE services, navigating eligibility and application processes, applying for child care subsidies, and placement & enrollment into the program. Recruiters continue to maintain contact with families, providing wraparound referrals and finding solutions to changing needs.
Who are the funders?
Kamehameha Schools is currently funding this program.