Purpose and Goals
The purpose of The Kilauea Ohana Playschool is to provide an introduction to school in a safe, comfortable, nurturing environment. The major emphasis is social development rather than academics. Participation of the parents in administration and Teacher assistance allows for the maintenance of low costs and control and input of the program content.
Originally known as The Kilauea Cooperative Playschool, a group of mothers who were looking for a small group play experience for their children on a part-time basis joined together one morning in September 1968. Twelve children (including three sets of twins) and nine mothers met three mornings a week at the Kaimuki YMCA on Kilauea Avenue (hence the name “Kilauea”). Mothers shared teaching and assisting duties, and rotated monthly chairperson duties.
The Playschool moved to Wailupe Valley Elementary School in 1981 and hired its first permanent teacher. In 1987, the school officially incorporated as The Kilauea Ohana Playschool changing “Cooperative” to “Ohana” for licensing purposes. The Playschool moved to Aina Haina Elementary School beginning with the 2001-2002 school year and expanded the Monday-Wednesday-Friday program by adding one hour to the class schedule to include school lunch. Now we are happy to spend the 2020-2021 school year at our new home The Academy Leaning Hub.
Over the years, the structure and function of the Playschool has remained relatively the same. The chairperson duties evolved into a Board of Directors. Yearlong parent participation jobs were established in 1989. And in the past few years, the teacher’s salary was brought up to a competitive level. Current tuition costs largely reflect teacher salary levels as all parent jobs are on a volunteer basis.
KOP is licensed by the State of Hawaii, Dept. of Human Services as a Child Care Center. As a requirement, all parents in the co-op must conduct FBI fingerprinting, provide a health and TB clearance and provide transcripts and Social Security Number to DHS.