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

Maui Head Start Spanish Recruitment Flyer

Molokai Head Start Recruitment Flyer

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4 weeks ago

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*Dee Wilson in Head Start named MEO Employee of the Month*Long time administrative assistant for the Head Start preschool program, Dee Wilson, who keeps the department operations flowing uninterrupted, has been named Employee of the Month.Dee joined MEO in January 2005 after working in the health care field. She was nominated for the honor by Head Start co-worker Evelyne Dereas.Dee exemplifies MEO’s core values of teamwork, integrity, personal excellence, empathy, creativity and flexibility, Evelyne wrote in her nomination.“This person is always going out and beyond her way, making sure everyone is on the same page/level by constantly keeping everyone in check with reminders, notices, etc,” said Evelyne.Dee’s role makes her the first person clients see when they walk into the office. She has a “big heart and has worked with empathy” in receiving clients and is “not quick to judge,” said Evelyne.For being named Employee of the Month for February, Dee earned a $150 check and an extra vacation day. Evelyne received $50 as the nominator.Dee was honored at MEO’s monthly staff meeting, held via Zoom, on March 24. ... See MoreSee Less
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2 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 ... See MoreSee Less
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4 months ago

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Youth Services makes headbands for Head Start ... See MoreSee Less
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