INPEACE’s Hoʻāla program helps connect families with affordable education

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INPEACE believes Hawaii’s keiki are our most precious resource and the link to a better future for the state. The organization’s Hoʻāla program helps to lay a foundation that encourages confidence and builds a love for learning by providing families with important information about early childhood education.

Hoʻāla is a year-round outreach program for families with children, prenatal to five-year-old, designed to provide important information about early childhood education and preschool services available in the community.

Through guided, confidential assistance, Hoʻāla recruiters provide families with direct one-on-one assistance in identifying and completing the application process for a preschool in their community that best meets the needs of their child and their family. It also provides assistance in applying for financial supports to subsidize tuition and program costs, which benefits families by keeping a significant portion of their income accessible for other household needs.

Hoʻāla believes in building trust by meeting families where they’re at, no matter the situation. Program recruiters reach out to families by canvassing door-to-door and by setting up informational kiosks at various community locations and events.

In 2017, recruiters of INPEACE’s Hoʻāla program visited 2,159 homes and connected with 750 families. As a result, families in need saved more than $113,000 in educational costs, effectively getting their children into important early childhood education programs and saving money to provide other necessities. Overall early childhood education utilization rates on the Waianae coast reached 143 percent, an increase from 108 percent in 2016. Parent participation preschool programs had 876 slots filled in the 96792 zip code and continue to increase as parents are choosing to actively engage in their children’s education. Since 2011, Hoʻāla recruiters have visited 17,032 homes and have helped 825 children from the Waianae coast enroll in preschool. Through preschool subsidies, over $665,000 was leveraged to assist 110 families in enrolling their children.

This past school year from 2018 – 2019 Hoʻāla has worked to continue its impact on the Waianae coast by assisting 250 keiki in successfully enrolling in early child education programming. The program also plans to increase its impact by expanding to the island of Kauai.

For more information: inpeace.org, or on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter: @inpeacehawaii