Imua Family Services expand preschool services to West Maui

Imua Inclusion Preschool student Charlotte Barnhart, 5, enjoys the outdoors while exploring a monkey pod tree during a visit to Imua Discovery Garden in Wailuku. Imua Family Services courtesy photo

The Maui News

A new partnership with the Hawaii Department of Education and Imua Family Services’ Executive Office on Early Learning will help expand preschool services to West Maui.

An Imua Inclusion Preschool campus will be opened at Princess Nahienaena Elementary School in Lahaina where the focus will be on providing “high-quality” early learning and education and pairing it within an inclusive learning environment for children of preschool age, according to a news release on Friday.

Student applications are now being accepted for Imua Inclusion Preschool programs. Teacher and teacher assistant applications are also being accepted for the West Maui preschool, which is within the Hana-Lahainaluna-Lanai-Molokai complex area.

The tuition-based preschools will be managed by Imua Family Services, with an allotment of placements designated to the DOE. As with Imua’s current inclusion preschool location, tuition assistance may be available to those who qualify through a variety of sources, such as Pauahi Keiki Scholars, Child Care Connection Hawaii and Preschool Open Doors, according to a news release.

Preschool education helps prepare children for success in kindergarten, impacting not just their immediate future, but their entire academic career, according to the news release.

The inclusion model, which Imua Inclusion Preschool has done for the past six years, brings all types of learners together in the same classroom. The program also offers services to children living with a wide variety of special needs and special learning needs, including behavioral disorders, critical health and disability issues, and speech/hearing issues, for example.

“Together, children are able to learn compassion, understanding and helpfulness through assisting one another, and they are able to learn first-hand the many ways each individual contributes and participates in their daily activities,” according to the news release.

Imua Inclusion Preschools are under the oversight of Imua Family Services’ Director of Clinical Services, Dr. Bobbi-Jo Moniz-Tadeo and Director of Educational Services, Dr. Lori de Crinis, as well as the agency’s Executive Director, Dean Wong.

“The team is excited to partner with the Princess Nahienaena Elementary School’s team and Principal Gary Kanamori, a school that values family engagement and community,” according to the news release.

For more information, instructions on how to apply and a copy of the application, visit https://imuafamily.org or call (808) 244-7467.

Limited spaces are available and early application is encouraged.


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