Hawaii’s Enrichment & Education Professionals
September 1 - September 30 (closed on 9/7)
Kama`aina Kids remains committed to providing a safe and enriching environment for Hawai`i’s keiki. To assist working families through these unprecedented times, we are offering a Distance Learning Support Center for children currently enrolled in grades K-4. We continue to abide by social distancing measures and other guidelines set forth by the CDC and Hawaii Department of Health. In addition to providing staff to supervise students during Distance Learning, this program offers on-site activities, which will include a variety of engaging experiences intended to promote SEL (Social Emotional Learning).
Kama`aina Kids has received a grant thanks to a hui of people determined to help support Hawai`i’s keiki and families by providing full time childcare to students in grades K-4, amid a unique school year on Hawai`i Island. The grant awarded by the CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund, allows Kama`aina Kids in conjunction with other community partners to provide a creative and fun distance learning support center for a limited number of children. This translates to a significant reduction in cost for parents which is certainly appreciated!
Hawaii Essential Workers
|Program Location||Program Hours|
|Waimea Community Center
65-1260 Kawaihae Road
|7am to 5:30pm|
Details & Cost
|September 1 - September 30
* Thanks to a team of committed individuals on the island of Hawaiì, parents only pay $180 per child per month instead of the standard $680. The remaining $500 per child is covered by a grant, using funds from CAREs Act.
Due to the grant requirements, our program at Waimea Community Center is only available to students enrolled in grades K-4, at this time.
Breakfast, Lunch and Snack
Thanks to CARES grant support, lunch will be provided for FREE to all registrants for our Waimea program. Breakfast and snack already included.
Distance Learning Support Center
Our Distance Learning Support Centers are Super Study Halls! They are structured to provide a safe and productive work environment for School Age (Grades K-4) children. Daily agendas at each learning center are structured to accommodate the various school schedules of our students. In addition to following the CDC and Hawai`i Department of Health guidelines for health and safety, each location includes:
- Kama`aina Kids staff to keep students safe, provide support and encouragement, and supervise children during Distance Learning assignments
- Adequate spacing for students to remain safe and optimize their focus during Distance Learning hours
- Small social groups of no more than 13 students
- Supervised Study Hall
Once Distance Learning is done for the day, enrichment activities are provided by Kama`aina Kids. Activities include Arts & Crafts, Cooperative Games, Simple Science, and more!
Please provide the following from home for each child’s Distance Learning experience:
- Electronic device, such as a laptop, tablet, or iPad
- Headphones for the device
- Personal “hotspot” for your child’s device, if available
- Pencil or pen to write with (if applicable)
- Your child’s online schedule
To help stop the spread of the COVID 19 virus, please do not register if you answer “yes” to any of the following questions:
- Has your child traveled out of state or been in close contact with anyone who has traveled out of state within the last 14 days?
- Has your child had close contact with anyone DIAGNOSED with COVID-19 within the last 14 days?
- Has your child experienced any cold or flu-like symptoms such as cough, fever, shortness of breath, or any other upper respiratory problems?
Effective April 20, 2020
Masks are required for both staff and keiki 5 years and older. Click here for more details.
General Safety Procedures
Our School Age Programs are structured to abide by the guidelines for childcare facilities set forth by the CDC and Hawaii’s Department of Human Services. These measures include:
- Every morning, temperature checks are conducted for all students and staff. Anyone registering a temperature above 100.4°F will not be allowed into program area.
- Access to program facilities is restricted to registered students and Kama`aina Kids employees scheduled to work. Drop-off and Pick-up procedures are developed for each location to minimize contact between program participants and the general public.
- All locations have a specified maximum capacity appropriate to the size of the facility and to ensure the total group size falls within CDC, DHS, and county guidelines. If a site reaches its maximum capacity, it will stop accepting new registrations.
- **Low Student to staff ratio: The number of children per group is not to exceed 9 students, for each Kama`aina Kids employee. Groups are stable and will always be separated by at least 6 feet.
- Frequent handwashing with soap and water, and for at least 20 seconds at a time (at least once per hour)
- Commonly used surfaces and equipment will be cleaned and disinfected multiple times per day.
- Once Distance Learning is done for the day, on-site program includes Arts & Crafts, Cooperative Games, Simple Science, Music, and more!
- Distance Learning Support Centers are available for students currently enrolled in grades K-5, as of August 17, 2020.
- **On June 10, 2020, Hawaii’s Department of Human Services—who set licensing guidelines for childcare providers—repealed the required student to staff ratio of 9:1. DHS determined that childcare providers should be allowed to restore the ratios that were in place, prior to the state’s emergency proclamation, as of June 11, 2020. All other guidelines for cleaning, handwashing, sanitation, and distancing between groups must remain in place.