Kau-Keaau-Pahoa (KKP) P-3

KKP P-3 is the newest demonstration site in Hawai‘i and was selected to leverage early care and education efforts for the state's Race To The Top plan. The schools in the Ka‘u-Kea‘au-Pahoa Complex Areas on the island of Hawai‘i are geographically remote and have very few resources supporting Early Childhood Education in their communities.  The six elementary schools being supported in this project include:

Participating Schools and Early Learning Programs

  • Ka‘u Complex (2):
    • Na‘alehu Elementary School
    • Pahala Elementary School
  • Kea‘au Complex (2):
    • Kea‘au Elementary School
    • Mountain View Elementary School
  • Pahoa Complex (2):
    • Keonepoko Elementary School
    • Pahoa Elementary School 

Demo Site Focus

Support for Kindergarten Teachers

  • Coordinate preschool, kindergarten and Grade 1 teacher training on early childhood development, developmentally appropriate practices and addressing standards through DAP and intentional teaching practices.
  • Organize visits and observation sessions with neighborhood Kamehameha Schools early childhood education programs and staff and HIDOE preschool and kindergarten teachers, improving understanding of early childhod curricula and building practices to support program transitions for children.
  • Yearlong training culminates in Projects for Change, where kindergarten teachers propose projects and have meaningful discussions on further developing their programs to better meet student needs and foster increased student engagement in the curriculum. KKP P-3 also supports school events with a family focus on early literacy.
  • Use Inventoried and documented kindergarten assessments at KKP schools to incorporate into a common assessment tool to assist with instructional planning.

Early Childhood Educator Professional Development

  • Distribute information to all early childhood teachers on early childhood education professional development opportunities offered in Hawai‘i.
  • Offer scholarships to individuals who reside or work in KKP communities and are working toward a degree in Early Childhood Education. Two scholarships for BA students were awarded in Summer 2012, and one scholarship awarded in May 2013 to a Masters in ECE student.
  • Provide financial support for administrators, teachers, leadership team members, and early childhood education community partners to attend Hawai‘i Association for Education of Young Children State Conference and Leadership Symposium (October 2011, 2012, and 2013), Hawai‘i Island Early Childhood Conference (April 2012 and 2013), and National Association for Education of Young Children Professional Development Institute (June 2012, 2013), and other professional development opportunities and trainings.

Access to Early Learning Services & Transition Activities

  • Convene a group of community partners including Parent Communication Network Coordinators to plan and implement activities to support community access to comprehensive early learning services.
  • Four new ECE programs opened in the 2011-2012 school year in KKP elementary schools under the RTTT initiative. Three of these are inclusion programs serving preschoolers with disabilities. KKP P-3 Project provides professional development and program support for these teachers.
  • KKP P-3 Community Partners distributed book bags and three new, age-appropriate books to all preschool, kindergarten, and Grade 1 classrooms (2012, 2013), proving a lending library where teachers can rotate book bags to each child’s home on a weekly basis. All children were given a book bag at the end of the rotation. Book bags were also distributed to children attending the Ocean View Play and Learn and Kea‘au Elementary School Play and Learn groups.
  • In partnership with Ocean View Community Center and parents, a weekly language program is held in the Ocean View community for preschool age children not enrolled in any preschool program. Many parent and child attendees are English language learners.
  • Developed "My ‘Ohana and Me" series of parent booklets for KKP parents of young children. Booklets include ideas for developing Language and Literacy, Math and Science skills through daily family routines. Booklets are provided to families through classroom teachers, Play and Learn groups, community partners and PCNCs, and through family literacy events at the KKP elementary schools.
  • Play and Learn program based at Kea‘au Elementary School meets weekly, serving children not enrolled in preschool programs. The group meets in the cafeteria, is facilitated by the PCNC and serves an average of 12 children per session attending with a parent or family member.
  • Funding and partnership toward provision of Keiki Steps to Kindergarten summer transition programs is offered to five of the six KPP elementary schools.
  • Offer parent workshops on building loving parent-child relationships at each of the 6 KKP elementary schools. A "Lunch with Your Child" event is held following the workshop and parents receive a children's book and school lunch in the cafeteria with their young child.

KKP P-3 Leadership Team Development

  • KKP P-3's Core Lead Team consist of one elementary school principal, Kamehameha Schools ‘Ohana Community Coordinator, Educational Consultant, and Project Coordinator. Meetings are held monthly to track progress on project goals and coordinate implementation of activities.
  • Held the first KKP P-3 Leadership Summit on March 16, 2012, with presentations by: Terry Lock from the Governor’s Office on Early Learning; Executive Director of Hawai‘i P-20 Karen Lee; State Early Childhood Educational Specialist Diane Young; Mike Fahey from Good Beginnings Alliance; Mary Ann Nemoto from the University of Hawai‘i Center on the Family; and KKP P-3 Educational Consultant Susan Entz, and Darissa Kekuawela from Kamehameha Schools Community Based Early Childhood Education. A Leadership Summit is held annually for KKP administrators and school leaders, community partners and agencies and teachers.
  • Aim to have 50 percent of the KKP P-3 Leadership Team attend local, state, or national conferences with a focus on leadership for early childhood education.
  • Bi-monthly written updates on project activities are sent to the CAS, RTTT administrators and elementary school principals.

Key Partners

  • Complex Area Superintendent, KKP administrators
  • Parent Community Networking Coordinators from 6 KKP elementary schools
  • PACT (Parents and Children Together) Head Start Program Administrator and Community Partnerships Coordinator
  • Kamehameha Schools ‘Ohana Community Coordinator
  • 619 District Preschool Special Education Coordinator
  • Educational Consultant
  • Project Coordinator
  • Hawai‘i Community College Early Childhood Education representative
  • Director of Montessori Country Schools
  • KSTK Coordinator (INPEACE)
  • Neighborhood Place of Puna Director

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