Head Start Program

CFS Head Start on Kaua‘i provides free preschool to 3 and 4 year old children whose families meet income guidelines. A comprehensive program of educational, health and social services help the child and parents be prepared for school. The program is offered at eight centers around the island.

Head Start strives to empower families to become self-sufficient. Head Start families are assigned a Family Advocate to assist them in reaching family goals.

Parents are the key to success in Head Start. As members of the Parent Committees and Head Start Policy Council, parents help decide how the program is operated. Parents are invited to volunteer in all phases of the Head Start program at any time.

The Kauai Head Start Annual Report 2010-2011 is available! Click here to download the PDF!

Head Start originated in 1965 to provide free comprehensive child education and family services to income and age eligible children and their families in collaboration with other community organization.

Head Start helps all children succeed, including children with severe special needs.

Income eligible families with children ages 3 and 4 years old should apply.

Call to apply: (808) 240-2833

There are no fees charged for this program.

This program is funded by the Federal Head Start program.

As a participant in a Child & Family Service program you have the following rights:
  • The right to a humane service environment
  • The right to services free from unlawful discrimination
  • The right to be involved in your own service planning
  • The right to confidentiality except when otherwise mandated by law
  • The right to services  which are least restrictive and most convenient
  • The right to file a complaint if these rights are infringed

  • Accept the program as an opportunity to improve you, your child's and your family's lives
  • Complete all health and other requirements on time
  • Participate as a volunteer, working cooperatively with staff and other parents, in the classroom and on committees
  • Welcome staff into your home for home visits, as appropriate
  • Advocate for improved community services


Head Start Office
2970 Kele Street, Suite 203
Lihue, HI 96766
P: 808.240.2817

Hours: Monday-Friday  8:00am-5:00pm

Kapa`a Head Start
Phone/Fax: 808.823.6163

Koa Keiki Head Start
Koa Keiki is a full day center
Phone/Fax: 808.245.9028

Koloa Head Start
Phone/Fax: 808.742.9418

Ele'ele Head Start
Ele'ele is a full day center
Phone/Fax: 808.335.2731

Kekaha Head Start
Phone/Fax: 808.337.2169

Kilauea Pre-Plus
Phone/Fax: 808.828.2012

Lihue Head Start
Lihue is a full day center
Phone/Fax: 808.245.3504

Hale Malie Headstart (Full Day)
Phone/Fax: 808.245.3510

Hale Malie Headstart (Part Day)
Phone/Fax: 808.245.8025

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call toll free 866-632-9992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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