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Applications Still Being Accepted for Free High-Quality Preschool On Four Islands

Posted on Jun 21, 2018 in Latest Department News

HONOLULU- Applications are still being accepted for free high-quality preschool classes at charter schools on Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi Island, Kauaʻi and Molokaʻi for the 2018-2019 school year.  The public prekindergarten program is open to income eligible 4-year-old children born between August 1, 2013 and July 31, 2014. 


The Pre-K program is made possible by the U.S. Department of Education Preschool Development Grant. The grant allows the State of Hawaiʻi to expand high-quality preschool programs in targeted communities. The grant is administered by the Hawaiʻi State Public Charter School Commission and will serve up to 360 keiki this coming school year.



Income eligible means families who earn at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level Guidelines for Hawaiʻi.  The list below shows the calculated income for families interested in applying.


  • Family of two can earn up to $37,860
  • Family of three can earn up to $47,800 
  • Family of four can earn up to $57,740
  • Family of five can earn up to $67,680
  • Family of six can earn up to $77,620
  • Family of seven can earn up to $87,560
  • Family of eight can earn up to $97,500



Participating schools by island:



Kamaile Academy Public Charter School, Waiʻanae, 808-697-7110

Ke Kula ʻo Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu Iki Laboratory Public Charter School*, Waiʻanae, 808-982-4260

Ke Kula ʻo Samuel M. Kamakau Laboratory Public Charter School*, Kāneʻohe, 808-235-9175

Waiʻalae Elementary Public Charter School, Honolulu, 808-733-4880



Nā Wai Ola Public Charter School, Mountain View, 808-968-2318

Laupāhoehoe Community Public Charter School, Laupāhoehoe, 808-962-2200

Ke Kula ʻo Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu Iki Laboratory Public Charter School*,  Keaʻau & Waimea, 808-982-4260

Ka ʻUmeke Kāʻeo Public Charter School*, Keaukaha, 808-961-0470

Kua O Ka Lā New Century Public Charter School, Preschool Campus-Nānāwale, 808-965-2193

Volcano School of Arts and Sciences, Volcano, 808- 985-9800



Kualapuʻu School: A Public Conversion Charter, 808-567-6900



Ke Kula Niihau O Kekaha Learning Center**,  808-337-0481


* Hawaiian language and culture focus

**Niihau language and culture focus


Give your child the opportunity at having the best start to their educational career. Children who are well-prepared for school can focus on learning. Give them that early start and prepare them for success in school and life. 



For additional information, please contact the Commission’s Pre-K Grant Manager Deanne Goya at [email protected] or at (808)586-5227. 



Media Contact:

Sheryl Turbeville

Communications Director

Hawaiʻi State Public Charter School Commission

email: [email protected]

Work: 808-586-3784

Cell: 808-226-6608