Parent Participation Preschool

Preparing the Next Generation

Children are like sponges – they watch and absorb knowledge, skills, and values from everything and everyone around them. At the Armed Services Y, we believe the values and skills learned early on are vital building blocks for quality of life and future success. Most importantly, children learn how to be their best selves. That makes for confident kids today, and contributing and engaged adults tomorrow.

Parent Participation Preschool Overview

Armed Services YMCA Hawaii Early Childhood Education programs strengthen military family support systems by decreasing isolation, connecting families with their community, and developing strong social networks, while at the same time making certain children have a strong early education foundation. This is especially critical for military families new to the island, new to parenting, or experiencing deployment.

Parent Participation Preschool helps military children ease into this new chapter of their lives by working alongside both their parent and teacher. This academic and theme-based, multi-sensory preschool is a three-phase program for children ages 3 to 5 years old and is designed to introduce children to a structured learning environment covering math, science, phonics, and writing.

We believe that all military children deserve access to high-quality programs that nurture their social, emotional, physical and academic development; programs that provide them with a safe and nurturing environment, access to caring and invested adults and access to engaging enrichment activities. Our early childhood education programs follow YMCA of the USA Infant-Toddler and Pre-school Guidelines, use evidence-based curriculum and developmentally appropriate practices that play a vital role in helping children achieve their fullest potential.

Children enrolled in a high-quality Child Development program:

  • receive quality early education that fosters cognitive and socioemotional growth;
  • build the cognitive and character skills that children need to do well in school and in life, including attentiveness, persistence, impulse control, and sociability;
  • build foundations for long-term success in life;
  • are more likely to earn higher wages, live healthier lives, and raise stronger families.

All three phases (or levels) of Parent Participation Preschool incorporate Hawaii’s Early Learning and Development Standards, as well Second Step Social Emotional Learning, and Creative Curriculum. Honu and Nai`a classes (Phase II and Phase III) have also incorporated STEAM into their curriculum. Class curriculum details are discussed during new student/parent orientation.

Parent Participation Preschool is offered at all Armed Services YMCA Hawaii Branches. We offer morning and afternoon classes, with most classes meeting two or three-day a week.

  • Two-day a week classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • Three-day a week classes meet on Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays.
  • Morning classes start between 8 and 8:30am, and ends between 11 and 11:30am.
  • Afternoon classes start at 11:30am and ends at 2:30pm.

Cost: Tuition ranges from $155 to $285 per month depending on the level of the preschool class and whether it meets two or three days per week. MCBH offers a 5-day a week Nai`a class for $490 a month.

The first step for enrollment is to schedule your child’s free assessment using the form below.

Registration packets are available for families at each of our branches on JPBHH, MCBH, and WAAF. DOD requires us to request a child’s immunization record, TB clearance, and flu shot prior to enrollment.

Give Your Kids a Head Start

We currently have openings at Parent Participation Preschool and have just the place for your child! Please submit a request for assessment and our team will contact you to schedule it.

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