Free Summer Transition Program Prepares Early Learners for Kindergarten

Free Summer Transition Program Prepares Early Learners for Kindergarten

The tough economic climate has made most families cut back on educational and enrichment activities for their children, so finding low-cost or no-cost programs for keiki is becoming increasingly important. The Institute for Native Pacific Education and Culture (INPEACE) is pleased to announce open registration for Keiki Steps to Kindergarten – a unique, free summer learning program that helps children ages 4 to 5 and their families adjust to a school setting to ensure a smooth and successful transition into Kindergarten.

The three week program runs Monday through Friday, daily from 8:00am to 11:00am, with some schools offering a two week program or adjusting their daily times.

Keiki learn and become familiar with the basic rules of the classroom and school, while benefiting from interaction in both small and large group settings. Classes begin about three weeks before the new school year at public schools on Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi Island, Maui, Molokaʻi, and Kauaʻi.

Parents interested in enrolling their child in Keiki Steps to Kindergarten may contact their elementary school or INPEACE at (808) 693-7222 or

Keiki Steps to Kindergarten is a project of INPEACE, in partnership with the Kamehameha Schools Ho’omohala Kaiaulu Initiative. Since 2005, Kamehemeha Schools has enabled a broad expansion of Keiki Steps to Kindergarten to the communities they serve. Children without any formal early learning experience are given the highest priority for placement in the program.