Early Head Start &
Head Start


What is Early Head Start & Head Start?

Early Head Start and Head Start offer and provide a FREE comprehensive program of early learning, health, and family well-being to income or categorically-eligible children and families in order to promote school readiness. The program is designed to prepare Hawaiʻi’s most vulnerable youth to succeed in life and beyond school.

Through home-based visiting on Oʻahu and Kauaʻi, Early Head Start provides prenatal support services to expectant mothers and their families. A home visitor can guide an expectant mother through the necessary medical care and support throughout the different stages of pregnancy, discuss birthing plans, and provide tips on getting a partner involved in the entire process.

The home-based program also provides educational services for children zero to three years of age by empowering the parent to be the child’s first educator. Topics include language and literacy, social-emotional skills, and physical and cognitive development.

The Infant and Toddler Classroom for infants and toddlers up to 3 years old. The program provides early continuous, intensive, and comprehensive child development and family support services. The center-based program provides early learning care and enrichment experiences to children in a physical education setting that mimics a school classroom space.

Head Start provides preschool educational services to children three to five years-old through center and home-based options on Kauaʻi.

Parents are the key to success in Early Head Start and 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.

Click here to view the 2022-2023 Head Start Annual Report.

Am I Eligible?

The Early Head Start & Head Start programs are open to all Hawaiʻi residents at no cost to families.

For more information on enrollment options, please call our CFS Early Head Start & Head Start program: 808.245.5914

Early Head Start & Head Start Locations

Kauaʻi Island – 808.245.5914

Located on the back of Kapaa Elementary School Campus
4886 Kawaihau Rd, Kapaa, HI 96746

Located at the Kekaha Methodist Church
8563 Elepaio Rd., Kekaha, HI 96752

Located on the Koloa Elementary School Campus
3223 Poipu Rd, Koloa, HI 96756

Lihue Early Head Start Infant & Toddler & Head Start
Located on the Immaculate Conception School Campus across Isenberg Park
3343 Kanakolu St, Lihue, HI 96766

Oʻahu Island – 808.720.7407
Ewa Beach
Early Head Start at Consuelo Cottage for Infants & Toddlers
Located toward the back of the Child & Family Service Campus
91-1841 Fort Weaver Rd., Ewa Beach, HI 96706

Early Head Start provides a Home Visiting program island-wide for Oʻahu and Kauaʻi.

If you are interested in our Head Start preschool or Early Head Start programs, please contact us at 808.245.5914. Mahalo!

Invitation for Bid – Child & Adult Care Food Program FY 2022 – 2023

View the Head Start & Early Head Start Annual Report for 2022 – 2023 School Year


The Department of Health provides access to its programs and activities without regard to race, color, national origin/ancestry-including language, age, sex-including gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, color, religion, or disability. 

Write or call the Hawaii State Department of Health, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division at 3627 Kilauea Avenue, Room 101 Honolulu, Hawaii 96816 or at (808) 733-9333. Or write or call the Affirmative Action Office at P.O. Box 3378, Honolulu, HI 96801-3378 or at (808) 586-4614 (voice/TRS) or 586-4648 (TDD) within 180 days of a problem.

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