Preschool/Early Learning Programs
Early Childhood Development, a Priority at the Y
In May of 2012, the Y of Honolulu launched Come…With Me!, a caregiver and child interactive program in two communities - Nu'uanu YMCA and Mayor Wright Homes. Come…With Me! is a demonstration pilot of the Y of USA’s efforts to develop an early learning readiness program model that outreaches to pre-school age children who are cared for at home by a family, friend or neighbor caregiver. The program is at no cost to participants and provides the caregivers and children with opportunities to play and learn together. Come...With Me! supports the caregiver in their role as first teachers for their young ones.
- Strengthen and enhance the caregivers’ capacity to support the school readiness of children;
- Provide children with early learning experiences that support their growth and development;
- Provide caregivers with resources and support that will help them to enrich the early learning experiences in their home; and
- Facilitate and foster positive transitions to kindergarten, including continued parent engagement in their children’s learning
Through the program, caregivers learn about early learning experiences that will help their children be ready for kindergarten by attending the Come…With Me! sessions with their children. Together, they play and learn in various developmental centers – building, creating, reading, singing and dancing together. Two new Come…With Me! sites will begin at the Towers of Kuhio Park Terrace (KPT) and Kaewai Elementary School September 2013. Come…With Me! receives funding support from the Y of USA and the Annie Ray Charitable Trust, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Aloha United Way, The Learning Coalition and The Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice. Current collaborative partners include Family Hui, The Institute of Culinary Arts at Kapiolani Community College, Department of Health/SNAP-Ed, Department of Education, Mayor Wright Homes, Hawaii Literacy and various community partners such as Kalihi-Palama Health Center, Palama Settlement, and PACT.