Head Start &
Early Head Start


KAUA‘I: 808.245.5914

2970 Kele St. Suite 203
Lihue, HI 96766

What is Head Start & Early Head Start?

Head Start and Early Head Start offer and provide a comprehensive program of educational, health, and social services to income or categorically-eligible children and families in order to promote school readiness.

Through islandwide home-based home visiting, Early Head Start provides prenatal support services to expectant mothers and their families, as well as educational services for children zero to three years of age.

Head Start provides preschool educational services to children three to five years-old through center and home-based options islandwide. Parents are the key to success in Head Start and Early 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 2019-2020 Head Start Annual Report.


Am I Eligible?

There is no cost to families.

A child or pregnant woman is eligible if:

• The family’s income is equal to or below the poverty line; or,

• The family is eligible for or, in the absence of child care, would be potentially eligible for public assistance; including TANF child-only payments, or,

• The child is homeless, as defined in part 1305; or,

• The child is in foster care

For more information on eligibility requirements, please call our CFS Head Start program: 808.245.5914


Head Start Locations

We have 4 locations:

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

Lihue Head Start
Located on the Immaculate Conception School Campus
3343 Kanakolu St, Lihuʻe, Hawaiʻi 96766

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

8563 Elepaio Rd., Kekaha, HI 96752

Early Head Start provides a Home Visiting program island-wide.

Main Office
2970 Kele St. Suite 203
Lihue, HI 96766

KAUA‘I: 808.245.5914


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



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