Research shows that 85% of a child’s brain development takes place before the age of five, therefore early childhood education can be key to your child’s academic success. Studies show that children who attend preschool or have access to quality early childhood education at home are more likely to graduate from high school and continue onto college. Believe it or not, just 15-20 minutes of playing and learning with your young child every day can make a world of difference!
The decision to send your child to preschool is one of the first big decisions you will have to make, however money does not need to be a financial barrier. MEO Head Start is a federally funded Early Childhood Program that provides quality early childhood education and comprehensive services to families that qualify at no cost to participants. Priority for selection is offered to families that meet the program’s selection criteria. Center locations include Kahului, Wailuku, Kihei, Makawao, Lahaina, Haiku, and Kaunakakai. Program hours vary based on each center location. Free breakfast and lunch is also provided.
MEO Head Start recognizes parents and guardians as their child’s first and most important teacher and empowers and educates their families to know and live this important responsibility. “Parents are a big part of the decision-making process for MEO Head Start and play an essential role to their child’s success throughout their school year and beyond. We ask our parents to let us know what works best for their child so the teachers can individualize each aspect of their child’s preschool experience.” Ms. Al, Assistant Director for MEO Head Start.
MEO Head Start classrooms are bright and cheery places where children experience art, play, literature, science, math and more. Every aspect of your keiki’s growth including social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development are nurtured.
Beginning Monday, February 1, 2021, Maui Economic Opportunity’s Head Start will be accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year. Children who will be 3 or 4 years old by July 31, 2021 are eligible for enrollment. Parents/Legal Guardians will be required to provide the child’s birth certificate and 2 forms of household income to determine eligibility that meet the federal poverty guidelines and selection criteria. Applications may be obtained online via www.meoinc.org, through email or via USPS. Due to the pandemic they are currently enrolling smaller group sizes of children per center. They are also offering a virtual program for families seeking participation options without group contact.
If you are interested in enrolling your keiki, please call 249-2988 for more information or request that an application to be sent to your address.
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