Keiki Steps Program to Receive Funding for Training, Peer Learning, & Mentoring
Kapolei, Hawai‘i (USA) – The Institute of Native Pacific Education and Culture (INPEACE), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization has been awarded the Promising Minds Community of Practice grant to support its Keiki Steps program. The Promising Minds grant program is funded by Samuel and Mary Castle Foundation, The Gwenfread Elaine Allen Fund and the Kōaniani Fund of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation.
The funding of $3,000 will help our Hawai‘i and O‘ahu island teams receive training and mentoring, as well as undergo peer to peer training in order to meet the needs of our young keiki and their families from June 1, 2019 to February 28, 2020. We are excited that our staff will have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the program and commu-nity, build practical skills to cope with challenging behaviors, and learn how to provide physical and emotional responses to families.
Keiki Steps, a WINHEC accredited, Family and Child Interaction Learning Preschool program for children and families uses the Hawaiian culture as its primary framework. The Keiki Steps program recognizes family as one of the most influential sources of nurturing and growth for a young child and is, therefore, designed to have an adult caregiver attend with keiki. We provide opportunities for caregivers to learn meaningful ways to engage with keiki and see the positive gains that impact learning. This process allows learning to extend beyond the classroom and into the home. We feel it is very important to have access to high-quality, developmentally appropriate and culturally responsive early learning experiences prior to kindergarten, especially for keiki who are at-risk. Promising Minds will help to improve services in all areas of child development by learning ways to support families who are faced with family stress or trauma. By recognizing important signs, we will be able to know the proper ways of approach.
Geoliette Ng, Assistant Program Director, states, “Our [Keiki Steps] goals are to deepen our understanding, gain knowledge, and build our skills to help reduce family stress; support keiki and families in child development, as well as behavior management; and increase the overall health and wellness of keiki and families. We also hope that through this partnership with HCF, we will be able to reduce the onset of emotional and behavioral challenges in young children, establish and engage in a community support system, and increase stability, health, and wellness with the ‘ohana’.”
For over 20 years, uniquely situated on or near DOE school campuses on Oʻahu, Hawai‘i, and Kauaʻi, Keiki Steps seeks to build positive family experiences on campuses where keiki will be attending kindergarten. Classes run from August through May, operating three hours daily from 8:30-11:30 am, Monday through Thursday. Parent or adult caregiver participation is required.
About Hawai‘i Community Foundation
With over 100 years of community service, the Hawai’i Community Foundation (HCF) is the leading philanthropic institution in the state. HCF is a steward of more than 900 funds, including more than 280 scholarship funds, created by donors who desire to transform lives and improve communities. In 2018, HCF distributed more than $62 million in grants and contracts statewide, including more than $6.3 million in scholar-ships. HCF also serves as a resource on community issues and trends in the nonprofit sector.