TRAVELING PRESCHOOL

TRAVELING PRESCHOOL

Tūtū and Me Traveling Preschool aims to identify, recruit, and service underserved segments of the Native Hawaiian population.

The goal of Tūtū and Me is to meet the educational and emotional needs of families so that children will enter school ready to learn and succeed.

What sets this traveling preschool apart from other similar programs is that Tūtū and Me also offers support to these keiki's caregivers - oftentimes their grandparents, following the familiar practice in Hawaiʻi nei. Grandparents, or tūtū, are often the primary caregivers of their young grand children because of socioeconomic conditions and because of the value of ʻohana (family).

Tūtū and Me provides learning opportunities for many aspects of children's development and seeks to meet the needs of anyone involved with keiki and their development. Some aspects emphasized at Tūtū and Me include:

  • Cognitive: To assure/ develop average intelligence as measured by standardized tests;
  • Social: To develop social temperaments that bring positive responses from others;
  • Linguistic: To give children a strong start to assure that effective reading and other literacy skills will be attained by fourth grade.

Tūtū and Me operates through mobile teams of early childhood educators. These individuals travel to pre-selected communities where they set up and conduct the program and pack it all away to start again the next session. Our curriculum is organized around learning themes and, most importantly, serves to meet the diverse cultural needs of the keiki by integrating Hawaiian values and culture.

Preschool Locations

Preschool Locations

Today, Tūtū and Me reaches thousands of keiki and their caregivers in over 26 communities across the state. This innovative traveling preschool program is done in cooperation with churches and other community organizations from Kauaʻi to Hawaiʻi Island. To find the site nearest your ohana, use the drop-down menu below! Please note, all our Tūtū and Me sites operate between 8:30AM to 10:30AM unless otherwise stated.

KAUAʻI

ANAHOLA CLUBHOUSE

3900 Kawelo Street, Anahola, HI 96703
Tuesdays & Thursdays
822-4280

HANAPĒPĒ UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

4481 Kona Road, Hanepēpē, HI 96716
Tuesdays & Thursdays
335-0501

KAPAʻA MISSIONARY CHURCH

4-758 Kuhio Highway, Kapaʻa, HI 96746
Mondays & Wednesdays
822-4280

KEKAHA NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER

8130 Elepaio Road, Kekaha, HI 96752
Mondays & Wednesdays 
355-0501

OʻAHU

BISHOP MUSEUM

1525 Bernice Street, Honolulu, HI 96817
Mondays & Wednesdays
524-7633

KAHALUʻU K.E.Y. PROJECT

42-278 Waiheʻe Road, Kaneohe, HI 96744
Tuesdays & Thursdays
524-7633

KAMEHAMEHA PRESCHOOL - WAIMĀNALO

41-235 Ilauhole Street, Waimānalo, HI 96795
Tuesdays & Thursdays
524-7633

MAKAKILO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CAFETERIA

92-675 Anipeahi Street, Kapolei, HI 96707
Tuesdays & Thursdays 
524-7633

PAPAKŌLEA COMMUNITY PARK

2150 Tantalus Drive, Honolulu, HI 96813
Mondays & Wednesdays 
524-7633

WAIALUA UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

67-174 Farrington Highway, Waialua, HI 96791
Mondays & Wednesdays
524-7633

MOLOKAʻI

KUALAPUʻU COMMUNITY CENTER

Ahahula Street, Kualapuʻu, HI 96757
Tuesdays & Thursdays  
560-5642

MOLOKAʻI COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER

30 Oki Place, Kaunakakai, HI 96748
Mondays & Wednesdays  
560-5642

MAUI

KAHULUI COMMUNITY CENTER ANNEX

275 Uhu Street, Kahului, HI 96732
Tuesdays & Thursdays  
249-2430

KAMEHAMEHA SCHOOLS - MAUI CAMPUS

270 Aapueo Parkway, Makawao, HI 96768
Mondays & Wednesdays  
249-2430

KENOLIO RECREATION COMPLEX

131 S Kīhei Road, Kīhei, HI 96753
Tuesdays & Thursdays  
249-2430

LĀHAINĀ CIVIC CENTER SOCIAL HALL

1840 Honoapiʻilani Highway, Lahaina, HI 96761
Mondays & Wednesdays  
249-2430

HAWAIʻI

HONOKAʻA COMPLEX GYM

45-541 Akia Street, Honokaʻa, HI 96727
Mondays & Wednesdays
885-1200

ʻIMIOLA CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH

65-1084 Māmalahoa Highway, Waimea, HI 96743
Tuesdays & Thursdays  
885-1200

KAUAHAʻAO CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH

95-1642 Pinao Street, Nāʻālehu, HI 96772
Mondays & Wednesdays
929-8571

ʻŌLAʻA FIRST HAWAIIAN CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH

17-516 Hale Pule Loop, Kurtistown, HI 96760
Mondays & Wednesdays  
982-4102

PĀHOA DISTRICT FACILITY GYM

15-2710 Kauhale Road, Pāhoa, HI 96778
Tuesdays & Thursdays  
982-4102

PANAEWA GYM

100 Ohuohu Street, Hilo, HI 96720
Mondays & Wednesdays 
934-7476

ST. PAUL'S CATHOLIC CHURCH PAVILION

79-7234 St. Paul's Road, Honalo, HI 96740
Mondays & Wednesdays  
327-9327

UNITED COMMUNITY CHURCH

1100 Kinoʻole Street, Hilo, HI 96720
Tuesdays & Thursdays  
934-7476

WEST HAWAII COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER

75-5214 Keanalehu Drive, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
Tuesdays & Thursdays 
327-9327

Home Visiting & Parent Education

Home Visiting & Parent Education

These components of Tūtū and Me bring early learning opportunities and caregiver support into the homes of families.

The purpose of the Tūtū and Me Home Visiting Program & the Parent Education Program is to offer support to caregivers with keiki birth to five years of age as keiki’s first and foremost teacher. We believe that a strong ho‘omaka (beginning) of keiki begins with a strong kahua (foundation) of their caregiver.

The Home Visiting Program serves families on the Hawai‘i island in the following districts: East Hawai‘i, Hāmākua, North Hawai‘i, and Ka‘ū. As of September of 2020, the Parent Education Program will be held via group sessions for families on Hawai‘i Island and Moloka‘i.

Home Visiting Program Highlights
  • Participate in 18 weekly or bi-weekly sessions
  • Receive monthly Take-Home Backpacks filled with resources, lending library books, caregiver, and keiki activities to enjoy together
  • Eligible for monthly diapers or pull-ups and wipes from Hawai‘i Diaper Bank
  • Connect with other families and keiki through our virtual Play Day with Friends.
Parent Education Program Highlights
  • Participate in 10 bi-weekly sessions throughout the school year
  • Receive designated time to focus on yourself and to take a moment to reset and recharge
  • Gain shortcuts and tips to make parenting life a little easier
  • Build new friendships and connect with caregivers like you!

In addition, Parent Education Manager Amanda Ishigo provides regular Caregiver Tips. You can find those on our YouTube channel here.

Like an a‘a (root system), these are the four Hawaiian values that the Mālama ‘Ohana curriculum is rooted in within the Home Visiting and Parent Education programs:

Kuleana: Empowering caregivers with the responsibility and privilege of raising keiki.
Mālama: Supporting caregivers as they navigate the best path for their ʻohana.
Aloha: Providing caregivers with meaningful tools that strengthen their relationship with their keiki.
ʻIke: Teaching caregivers how to understand the development of their keiki.

The Tūtū and Me Home Visiting and Parent Education programs focus on "you first," as we believe you (caregivers) are the most important piece of keiki's development.

RECENT NEWS

RECENT NEWS

Huakaʻi with United Airlines

February 18, 2020

One of our Tūtū and Me Traveling Preschool teams on Oʻahu went on a huakaʻi last month to learn about United Airlines.

ʻEleu Rally for FCIL

February 13, 2020

The annual ʻEleu rally for Family-Child Interaction Learning (FCIL) was held at the Hawaiʻi State Capitol building alongside our ʻEleu partners Keiki O Ka ʻĀina and INPEACE.

Na Makamae: Paul, Tūtū and Me

January 27, 2020

Paul Chun is the Program Accountant/ Budget Analyst for all 13 teams of our Tūtū and Me Traveling Preschool. Affectionately called the “money man,” Paul is loved by all who encounter him.

Tūtū and Me for Generations

January 3, 2020

The Tokashiki ʻohana has been coming to Tūtū and Me for 15 years. Their eldest keiki, Skylin, was in our very first Tūtū and Me preschool class.