The Ka Pa‘alana Homeless Family Education Program serves homeless and at-risk families on the Leeward Coast of O‘ahu. Through collaborative partnerships with Leeward Coast outreach agencies, Ka Pa‘alana assists families by providing basic needs items as well as educational programming (Family-Child Interaction Preschool, Parent Education, Adult Education, Home Visiting) to equip families toward greater self-sufficiency and prepare children for school success. Ka Pa‘alana also serves as an initial contact agency for families who are ready to transition to local shelters or temporary housing facilities.
There are four components to the Ka Pa‘alana Traveling Preschool and Homeless Family Education Program:
Mālama Mobile . . . A “first contact” homeless outreach that provides a modified center-based preschool experience for at-risk families near coastal beach parks and homeless families living at beach parks. Families receive canned and dried goods as well as educational and social services with partners from local shelters, outreach and government agencies. Adult educational services include goal-setting and budgeting, vocational training, job placement and GED preparation.
Traveling Preschool . . . A parent-child participatory preschool that provides services at various shelters, public housing facilities and neighborhoods on the Leeward Coast. The two-hour-a-day, two-day-a-week program provides pre- and post-testing, portfolio assessment, referrals for health and developmental needs through community partners, parenting classes and TANF education. Adult educational services include goal-setting and budgeting, vocational training, job placement and GED preparation. The curriculum of the preschool meets the Hawai‘i Early Learning and Development Standards and the “Learning to Grow” Infant and Toddler Development standards.
Family Education Services . . . A four-hour-a-day, four-day-a-week comprehensive Family Education Service. Parents interact with their child for the first two hours of the program, then participate in various adult education and life skills programs while their children receive an intensive, developmentally-appropriate education through preschool teachers and assistants. Adult educational services include goal-setting and budgeting, vocational training, job placement, and GED preparation.
‘Ike No‘eau . . . Traveling program provides developmentally appropriate, culturally relevant math and science preschool curriculum to families at the shelters and at Hawaiian Homelands in Wai‘anae and Waimānalo.
Ka Pa‘alana is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Kamehameha Schools, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services through the Administration for Native Americans (ANA), and Aloha United Way.
In March of 2013, Ka Pa‘alana became the first preschool of its kind in the nation to receive NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) accreditation. Mahalo to our families and partners for helping the program achieve such high standards for our children.