Secretary: Barbara Niiyama
Waiokeola Church Preschool is a nonprofit, church-sponsored, and NAEYC-accredited school. We are licensed by the state of Hawaii to enroll a maximum of 120 children from the ages of 18 months through five years.
The three- to five-year old program operates on a nine-month school year calendar (September through May) with a six-week summer session in June and July. We observe all federal and state holidays, a two-week Christmas break, and a one-week spring break.
As we are a pre-school and not a day care with drop-in service, we require regular, punctual attendance as a condition of continued enrollment. Our hours are 8:00 am – 12:00 noon for the half-day program and 8:00 am – 3:00 pm for the full day program. School begins at 8:25 am. Early morning care is available from 7:15 am – 8:00 am for a nominal fee. Enhanced afternoon care is from 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm.
Goals & Objectives
Our main objective at Waiokeola Church Preschool is to develop in each child a sense of self-confidence and self-worth. Our goals are set within the child’s reach for daily success. We provide a variety of challenging and stimulating experiences for children to grow individually and collectively. We encourage children to become cooperative members of a group through constructivity, thoughtfulness, concentration and following directions, respect of property, interest and pleasure in creative efforts, and effective problem solving.
All teachers meet DHS licensing and requirements and are all certified in first aid and CPR.
All children participate in weekly chapel services, music classes and PE classes.
Enhanced classes in Japanese, Mandarin, Hula, Tumble Bus, Ukulele, reading/tutoring, and tennis are available for an additional fee.
We feel that a child can read with comprehension only what has been established in his or her experience. Until a child has acquired a considerable background of concepts, mere verbal response to symbols has little value.
We try to give the child a greater awareness and understanding of the surrounding world, and encourage his/her natural curiosity to experience the excitement of discovery. To that end, we provide sensory experiences and opportunities to experiment with growing things, work with science materials, and observe life processes.
We also stress vocabulary development. Children are encouraged to speak freely, to experiment with language, and to listen well.
We further emphasize visual skills through the teaching of observational techniques.
We provide experiences with mathematical implications. The children learn about distance, direction, quantity, pattern and order, which provides the basis for a later understanding of mathematics.
Creativity is emphasized at Waiokeola Preschool through art, music, drama and physical education. In art, we stress involvement rather than the finished product. Through the use of a variety of art materials, children are encouraged to express their feelings and interests. In music, we try to bring out the natural rhythmic and musical abilities in each child.
Through physical education classes, children develop their gross motor skills through participation in creative movement and group games, while they learn skills such as catching, throwing, and hopping.
Application & Acceptance Process
Applications are available in September. A completed application includes the completed questionnaire, a copy of the child’s birth certificate, and a non-refundable application fee.
Priority acceptance is given to members of Waiokeola Church, siblings, children of alumni, and children of church or preschool staff. The applicants are interviewed in January to determine readiness for our program. Tours are scheduled on Thursday by appointment.
The mission of Waiokeola Church Preschool is to provide and foster an environment based on Christian values where children will develop socially, emotionally, artistically, physically, intellectually, and spiritually through hands-on and cooperative learning experiences.
Keiki Learning Center
The Keiki Learning Center is for children 18 months through 30 months and operates on an 11-month school year calendar (September through July) and is limited to 14 children.