Kahi Kamali’i Infant / Toddler Center

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The Kahi Kamali’i Infant and Toddler Center provides quality early childhood services for children 1 to 3 years of age. Three qualified caregivers are assigned to the same children each day to promote continuity of care. Services are offered year round. The County of Maui provides supportive funding to keep costs affordable for income eligible families, teen families, and for families with children receiving early intervention support through IMUA Family Services.

MEO Kahi Kamali`i is a licensed center based program located in Wailuku adjacent to the MEO Family Center and J. Walter Cameron Center. All caregivers are qualified and meet Department of Human Services licensing regulations for safety. Priority is given to families who are working or attending school, with consideration to those actively seeking employment. Families with children 12 months to 24 months are welcome to apply. Services will be provided to children 12 months to three years of age.

Services include a schedule of: 7:30 am – 4 pm – Monday through Thursday; and 7:30 am – 12 noon on Friday (tentative hours during the pandemic for health and safety maintenance of the center).

Families are encouraged to apply for Child Care Connection tuition subsidy via ARBOR. In addition, the County of Maui provides scholarship tuition support to individuals who have a demonstrated financial need (financial assessment application will be provided upon acceptance to program).

3 months ago

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*MEO Kahi Kamali‘i infant toddler center receives $15,000 donation from Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort trust*Maui Economic Opportunity’s Kahi Kamali‘i infant toddler center is the beneficiary of a $15,000 grant from the Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Charitable Trust, the second year in a row the trust has made a donation to the Central Maui facility.The Charitable Trust selected Kahi Kamali‘i for the donation “in recognition of its wonderful work providing quality early childhood services to the people of Maui,” said the Charitable Trust’s Executive Director Melissa Pavlicek.The mission of the Charitable Trust is to communicate and demonstrate Ho‘okipa, generous hospitality, and Malama, deep care, for the community by supporting charitable needs. The Charitable Trust made a donation of $10,000 to Kahi Kamali‘i in November 2021.“We understand the incredible extra challenges confronted by nonprofit organizations during the pandemic. We applaud the continued good work of your organization,” Pavlicek said.Kahi Kamali‘i provides services for children ages 1 to 3. During the pandemic, Kahi Kamali‘i remained open and cared for children of first responders, medical professionals and essential workers.“Affordable quality child care has come up as top priority in public surveys as we develop our three-year Community Needs Assessment,” said Debbie Cabebe, CEO of MEO. “The need for child care has increased since pandemic impacts have waned, but families face costs of $1,000 a month or more with a tightened market of providers.“We thank the Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Charitable Trust for providing a helping hand to MEO and families in need of child care for their toddlers and infants.”Cabebe said that the funds from the Trust are vital for the continued operation of the facility amid rising costs due to inflation and supply chain and other issues.The infant toddler center opened in 2003 as a partnership with the J. Walter Cameron Center, where the facility is located, to address the need for center-based quality care for children under 3 years old. The goal is to allow families to work, attend school or participate in employment training.The program is licensed by the state Department of Human Services for 15 children and is currently at capacity. Licensing requirements at Kahi Kamali‘i include staffing of one lead caregiver and two other caregivers – to maintain a ratio of 1 adult to 5 children.The County of Maui provides scholarships to keep costs affordable for families who are income eligible, with teen parents or with children receiving early intervention support through Imua Family Services.Kahi Kamali‘i is open year round from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to noon on Fridays. For more information about Kahi Kamali‘i Infant/Toddler Center, call (808) 249-2988. ... See MoreSee Less
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3 months ago

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6 months ago

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Debbi Amaral, director of Early Childhood Services, faced the camera on Wednesday, March 30, for The MEO Minute on Akaku's The Maui Daily. She talked about enrollment for the Head Start preschool program. Her segment appears at about the 14 minute mark.cloud.castus.tv/vod/akaku/video/6245152fe1d4e60008600e9e?page=HOME ... See MoreSee Less
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10 months ago

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*Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Charitable Trust donates $10,000 to MEO’s Kahi Kamali‘i*Maui Economic Opportunity’s infant toddler child care program, Kahi Kamali‘i, has received a $10,000 donation from the Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Charitable Trust.The Charitable Trust selected Kahi Kamali‘i for the donation “in recognition and furtherance of its outstanding work,” said Arlina Agbayani in a Nov. 23 letter to MEO accompanying the donation. “We deeply appreciate all that you do to help Maui’s people.”The mission of the Charitable Trust is to communicate and demonstrate Ho‘okipa, generous hospitality, and Malama, deep care, for the community by supporting charitable needs.“The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged all of us, and we understand the incredible extra challenges confronted by nonprofit organizations and applaud the excellent work of you and your organization,” Agbayani said.Kahi Kamali‘i, which provides services for children ages 1 to 3, remained open during the pandemic and cared for children of first responders and medical professionals. During the stay- at-home order period, the infant/toddler center asked families on furlough to keep their child home to offer spots to those working during the pandemic.“Affordable quality child care, especially at the infant/toddler age, is a critical need for parents, who are working or going to school,” said Debbie Cabebe, CEO of MEO. “These parents need the peace of mind that their precious children are being cared for safely.“The donation from the Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Charitable Trust will help Kahi Kamali‘i maintain and improve the program for keiki and their families. We are so thankful to the trust for selecting our program for this generous donation.”Kahi Kamali‘i opened in 2003 as a partnership with the J. Walter Cameron Center, where the facility is located, to address the need for center-based quality care for children under 3 years old. The goal is to allow families to work, attend school or participate in employment training.The program is licensed by the state Department of Human Services for 15 children and is currently at capacity. Licensing requirements at Kahi Kamali‘i include staffing of one lead caregiver and two other caregivers – to maintain a ratio of 1 adult to 5 children.Kahi Kamali‘i is open year round from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to noon on Fridays.The County of Maui provides scholarships to keep costs affordable for families who are income eligible, with teen parents or with children receiving early intervention support through Imua Family Services.For more information about Kahi Kamali‘i Infant/Toddler Center, call 249-2988. ... See MoreSee Less
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