MEO Head Start

Head Start Maui Overview:

MEO Head Start serves children and families on Maui and Molokai. Our keiki are from families considered eligible based on categorical need: homeless, foster child, or families on TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) or SSI. All other families are eligible by meeting poverty income guidelines as established by the federal income table. Head Start also enrolls and serves children with special needs.

About Us and What We Do:

MEO Head Start was founded on Maui in 1965 as a part of President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty.  MEO Head Start supports children and families, providing a quality, comprehensive service that impact early development and school readiness success.  100% of our children are in the USDA subsidized breakfast and lunch program.

Families residing on Maui with young children experience similar challenges faced by impoverished communities all over the United States. Stressors include:  high unemployment, limited access to proper health-care, lack of mental health services: substance abuse; domestic violence;  and the dwindling resources needed to address all these inequities.  In combination or separately, these factors create an unhealthy start for a young child.

In addressing these challenges, recent studies have shown that the greatest impediment to early childhood learning is poverty.  Specifically, the “stress” caused by poverty.

In the Head Start “whole family”  approach, our Family Case Managers work directly with Parents to identify strengths and goals.  Once identified, the Case Managers work with the parent to identify community resources to support families to obtain access to the services and help they need.

Complementing these services is the foundation of learning in the MEO  Head Start classrooms.  Walk into one of our 13 centers across Maui County and you will be amazed at the interactions, experiences, and learning happening each day. Research show that positive early experiences can mitigate risk factors in young children.  Head Start provides a quality environment with caring staff, promoting necessary skills for children to be successful in school and in life.

You will also find a culturally diverse staff within MEO Head Start that reflects our ethnic blending in Maui County,  many of whom are also former parents of Head Start students.  What is truly striking about this teaching staff is how much “aloha” these amazing mentors and guides have for the children they teach.  We are an “Ohana”, and believe in the impact of early intervention through quality teaching and learning.

Maui Head Start Recruitment Flyer

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Molokai Head Start Recruitment Flyer

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48th Annual Maui County Senior Fair! 😃🤙The 48th annual Senior Fair, “Communities of Strength,” will return virtually for the second time in the event’s history beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 22, due to the pandemic. The Fair will appear virtually via Zoom, livestreamed on Facebook and broadcast on Akaku Channel 54 and offers information for kupuna, entertainment and fellowship.Legislators, for-profit businesses and nonprofits are encouraged to participate by commercial, pre-recorded message via Zoom. Applications must be submitted no later than Monday, Sept. 27. For-profit businesses can submit a 60-second commercial for a $25 fee/donation. There is no-cost for nonprofit agencies or legislators to join, though gift cards of $10 or $20 increments would be appreciated for door prizes for Kupuna.All commercials and messages must be no longer than 60 seconds and must be prerecorded and submitted in MP4 format by Monday, Oct. 11.Legislators may choose to speak virtually for 60 seconds but must submit an application by Sept. 27.This event is produced by MEO and funded by the Maui County Office on Aging. For more information, go to, email or call (808) 243-4306. ... See MoreSee Less
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