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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Congratulations to Alexandria Domingo as MEO's January 2021 Employee of the Month!"Alex" is assistant director for early childhood services, having worked her way up during her 16 years with MEO from classroom teacher at the UH-Maui College Head Start site.The announcement was made at the virtual General Staff and Annual Recognition Awards on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021.Ashley Caris nominated Alex for the honor. ... See MoreSee Less
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New website 😀🤙*MEO launches new, user-friendly website page*Maui Economic Opportunity went live Friday, Feb. 12, with a more user-friendly and attractive website.The site can be found at it may take a few days to update on web browsers.Noticeable upgrades to the site include a fresher look, easier navigation, consolidation of information on pages and quicker load times. The page also is mobile-device friendly.Visitors to the site will be able to access forms to sign up as an MEO volunteer and make a donation, as well as download application forms for the National Farmworker Jobs Program, Senior Community Service Employment Program and other programs and grants.The site will be updated regularly with important information for the community and happenings at the nonprofit agency, which annually serves 23,000 Maui County residents.The 56-year-old nonprofit agency offers programs countywide for business development; youths, including workforce preparation, substance abuse prevention and Head Start; senior club coordination; rental and energy assistance; and integration of formerly incarcerated individuals into the community.MEO also runs the Maui Bus ADA paratransit service through a contract with Maui County and operates human services transportation, providing rides for seniors, persons with disabilities, youths and residents in rural areas throughout Maui ... See MoreSee Less
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