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About Us

Contact Us

  • Waianae Coast Early Childhood Services (WCECS)
    (808) 695-9656

    Douglas Mersberg, Executive Director
    Angela Lacey, Administrative Assistant
    Melissa Orden, Secretary
  • Waianae Early Education Center (WEEC)
    (808) 695-9400

    Cassia Simms-Smith, Program Director (WEEC)
  • Parent Child Development Center Waianae
    (808) 696-7657

    Susan Merrill, Program Director
    Sophie Paese or Sally Kaeha, Program Assistant (enrollment)
  • Parent Child Development Center Waipahu
    (808) 676-5584

    Sharon Imanaka, Program Director
    Roseline Lopez-Harvalho or Anne Higa, Program Assistant (enrollment)
  • Parent Child Development Center Wahiawā
    (808) 621-2322

    Linnie Tan, Program Director
    BJ Huddy or Christine French, Program Assistant (enrollment)

Donations

Our preschools primarily serve low- to moderate-income families and our early intervention programs serve infants and toddlers with special needs. We hope you will deem our agency as worthy of your support. If you make a donation to our non-profit and you itemize deductions on your federal tax return, you are entitled to claim a charitable deduction.

Undesignated monetary donations will be used to benefit children directly.

Donations can be made to specific programs and/or for specific purposes, such as our scholarship fund or to support staff training.

Mail checks to:
Waianae Coast Early Childhood Services
84-1061 Noholio Road
Waianae, HI 96792

Non-monetary donations should be program-related and require our approval. If accepted, we recommend consulting a tax advisor regarding the tax deduction.

Board of Directors

The board is comprised of twelve volunteers, three are Parent Representatives from our programs for children and nine are At-Large members with expertise in business, education, and special needs. The following are our board officers:
  • Marie Hatfield, President
  • Pat Berkner, Vice President
  • David Byrne, Treasurer
  • Barbie Lei Burgess, Secretary

Agency and Program Origins

  • Founded as Waianae Coast Day Care Center on April 21, 1971 by Mrs. Anthony Russo, President; Mrs. Evanita Ilaban, Vice President; and Mrs. Abby Barros, Secretary-Treasurer. In 1998, the agency name was changed to Waianae Coast Early Childhood Services.
  • In March 1973, the Waianae Coast Day Care Center facility was dedicated. In 1998, the program name was changed to Waianae Early Education Center.
  • In August 1973, the Waianae Coast Kitchen facility was dedicated.
  • In 1981, the Parent Child Development Center (PCDC) Waianae program was started to serve infants and toddlers with or at-risk for developmental delays. The PCDC Waipahu and PCDC Wahiawā programs were started in 2008 and 2010 respectively.