Full-day preschool for ages 2-5

Preschool creates a home-like environment that allows kids to feel comfortable and safe while developing close relationships.

  • Supports, empowers, encourages, and cultivates each child to recognize their own personal value.
  • Incorporates a culturally diverse curriculum that represents Hawaii’s demographic.
  • Provides enriching experiences through the immersion of arts, culture, music, creative expression, and literature with opportunities for exploration and discovery and environmental awareness.
  • Fosters enjoyment in activities that support physical development.
  • Provides learning opportunities that nurture cognitive, social-emotional, physical and creative development to ensure each child is well prepared to enter school.

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Read our recent article in Hawaii Parent about our amazing teachers at YMCA Pali Nu'uanu Preschool.

Locations & Hours

YMCA Leeward Preschool
94-440 Mokuola Street, Waipahu
Phone: 808-671-6495

Monday through Friday, 7am to 4:30pm
Beginning June 1, 2024, hours will expand to 7am to 5:30pm

Schedule A Tour Online

YMCA Pali Nu'uanu Preschool
Formerly the Children's Center at Nu'uanu Congregational Church
2651 Pali Hwy, Honolulu
Phone: 808-347-9667

Monday through Friday, 7:30am to 4:30pm

Call 808-347-9667 For A Tour

Registration and Enrollment

A pre-registration interview and tour is recommended. At the pre-registration interview, you will receive an information Packet. Once you have completed the forms and gathered required documentation outlined in the packet, they must be returned in person.

Kids are accepted and enrolled for the school year, August through May. It’s optional to enroll in summer and intercession programs for an additional fee.

Fees and Payment

The monthly fee is $1,385 per child. With a Y family membership, the discounted monthly rate is $1,247 per child. For those who qualify for financial aid, a total discount of up to 60% is possible.

[Please note: Due to rising costs, effective June 1, 2024, monthly fees will be increased to $1,346 for Y members, and $1,496 for non-Y members.]

There is a charge of $5 for each 5-minute increment of care, which will be assessed for parents/guardians arriving after the pick-up window (e.g., pick up between 1-5 minutes late will result in $5, 6-10 minutes late will result in $10, etc.). Please have your exact amount of payment available as our staff do not have access to change, or the charge will be added to your electronic fund transfer account.

Upon registration, payment must be submitted for the first month of the program. Tuition for subsequent months can be paid in full, or in quarterly/monthly installments. Payment can be made online or in person.

Financial Aid - NEW! Qualifications expanded.

Need-based financial aid is available from:

YMCA Leeward PreschoolYMCA Pali Nu'uanu Preschool
Child Care Subsidy (Formerly Child Care Connection Hawaii): View details and apply.
View Child Care Subsidy Eligibility Sliding Fee Scale Chart.
NEW Qualifications: Preschool Open Doors (POD): View details and apply.
View Preschool Open Doors Eligibility Sliding Fee Scale.
YMCA Annual Campaign Financial Assistance: Based on household size and income up to 60% financial assistance is provided thanks to generous Y donors. View details and apply.AcceptedAccepted
Keiki O Ka 'Aina's HELP for Child Care Program provides assistance for children up to 12 years of age. Children must be Native Hawaiian, American Indian, or Alaska Native. View details and apply.AcceptedAccepted
Child Care Aware® of America: Fee assistance program for Military and DoD families. View details and apply.AcceptedN/A  
Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood (MCCYN): MCCYN fee assistance is a DoD- and U.S. Coast Guard-funded program administered by each Service for eligible families who cannot access military-operated child care due to distance or waitlists. With fee assistance, a portion of your child care costs is paid to offset the costs of community-based care. Vew details and apply.AcceptedN/A  
Health and Safety

To promote a safe environment for all youth participants and our staff, please follow these safety rules:

  • Stay home when unwell: To promote a safe environment for all youth participants and our staff; please do not send your child to preschool if they have a fever or are not feeling well.
  • Face masks: Although the State indoor mask mandate has been lifted, families are encouraged to monitor COVID-19 community levels and if medium to high, are recommended to send their children with masks to wear indoors. Use the CDC COVID-10 Community Level tracker to check current levels.
  • COVID-19 exposure or positive test: If your child is exposed to someone with COVID-19, please have your child wear a mask for 10 days after exposure. If your child tests positive for COVID-19, please follow CDC guidelines which include staying home and isolating from others for at least 5 days, and wearing a mask for at least 10 days. Day 1 is the first full day following the day your child tested positive or started symptoms.
Drop off and pick up

Please escort or pick up your child to or from their classroom and be sure to sign them in and out. 

Drop-off and pick-up hours

  • YMCA Leeward Preschool
    • 7-7:30am and 4-4:30 pm
  • YMCA Pali Nu'uanu Preschool
    • 7:30-8am and 4-4:30 pm

If there are circumstances in which your family needs a later drop off time for a specific day, please call the preschool site location.

Supply List

Please ensure your child brings the following items each day:

  • Wet Wipes
  • At least one change of clothes–please label all items
  • A blanket/sleeping mat for quiet and rest times
  • A jacket
  • Footwear for outdoor play
  • A daily lunch and 2 daily snacks (morning and afternoon) for children enrolled in full day program OR a daily lunch and 1 daily snack for children enrolled in part-time program
  • A daily or refillable water bottle
  • 3 composition books (ruled)
  • If wearing a mask, please have an extra mask in a ziplock bag with their name on it