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Preschool Programs

Preschool Enrollment

Application Information

  1. Visit the preschool and request forms. Ask Program Director, Cassia Simms-Smith, for a tour of our campus.
  2. Call Cassia at (808) 695-9400 or Melissa Orden at (808) 695-9656 for additional information or to be mailed enrollment forms
  3. Request forms by email
  4. We enroll children year round on a space-available basis

Tuition Assistance

Pauahi Keiki Scholars Preschool Scholarships
  • Provides need-based scholarships for young keiki to attend quality preschools. Preference is given to those of Hawaiian ancestry to the extent provided by law.
  • We will assist families with the application process.
  • The application period is from January through April for the following school year.
Preschool Open Doors
  • Provides tuition subsidies to low-income families for their three-year old with special needs or four-year old child to attend preschool.
  • We will assist families with the application process.
  • The application period is during February and March for the following school year.
Childcare Connection
  • Provides tuition subsidies for low-income parents to send their child to preschool in order for them to go to work, attend school, or participate in job training.
  • Call Childcare Connection (CCC) at (808) 356-5577 to be mailed an application or come to our office (see Waianae Early Education Center for map and directions) to pick up applications for CCC and our preschool.
Scholarship information
  • Partial scholarships are available through funding from an endowment from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation and grants from the G.N. Wilcox Trust and Samuel N. & Mary Castle Foundation, while funds last.
  • Request a separate application form.
  • Families that have children that are younger than 2 years old, may contact PATCH for contact information about licensed childcare providers.
  • The PATCH website,, has online childcare referrals or call 839-1988.
Waiting list — Families will be placed on the waiting list in the order that we receive completed application packets.

Waianae Early Education Center Mākaha

  • Phone: (808) 695-9656
  • Location: 84-1061 Noholio Road,
    Waianae, HI 96792
  • Directions: After you turn from Farrington Highway onto Makaha Valley Road, take the fourth left onto Noholio Road and the preschool will be on your immediate left.
  • Maximum enrollment: 100 children
  • Hours of operation: 6:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Ages served: 2 years old to 4 years old
    (2 year-olds not required to be potty trained)

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Waianae Early Education Center Māili

  • Phone: (808) 695-9400
  • Location: 97-970 Kulauku Street
    Office: # C123
    Classrooms: # C136, C137 and C145
    Waianae, HI 96792
  • Directions: After you turn from Farrington Highway onto Kaukama Road, take the first left onto Kulauku Street, at the end of the road drive straight ahead into the last driveway. Turn right, drive past the first left turn into a parking lot, make a left turn, and turn left into the parking lot at the back of the property. The preschool building will be to your left. At the end of the parking lot, enter the gate on the left and the preschool office will be the first room on your left.
  • Maximum enrollment: 56 children
  • Hours of operation: 6:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Ages served: 3 and 4 years old

Daily Schedule (6:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)

  1. Arrival/greeting children and parents
  2. Breakfast/cleanup
  3. Learning center activities
  4. Circle time (singing, sharing, stories)
  5. Outdoor play
  6. Lunch/cleanup
  7. Quiet activities
  8. Nap
  9. Snack
  10. Freeplay activities in classroom or lanai
  11. Outdoor play
  12. Parent pickup

Breakfast, lunch and snack are USDA approved.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

  1. mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
  2. fax: (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.