Hawaii State Senate honors Partners In Development Foundation’s Ka Pa`alana Traveling Preschool & Homeless Family Education Program

On March 31, 2014, the Hawaii State Senate congratulated Partners in Development Foundation’s (PIDF) Ka Pa`alana Homeless Family Education Program on receiving full accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Representatives of PIDF/Ka Pa`alana pose with Senators in the Senate Gallery.

Representatives of PIDF/Ka Pa`alana pose with Senators in the Senate Gallery.

The NAEYC is the world’s first and foremost recognized early childhood agency for excellence in education. PIDF’s Ka Pa`alana Program became the first program of its kind in the nation to receive full NAEYC accreditation.

The mission of the Partners in Development Foundation is to inspire and equip families and communities for success and service using timeless Native Hawaiian values and traditions. In 2007, PIDF recognized the need to work with the ever increasing homeless population along the Leeward Coast. Particularly disturbing was the large amount of homeless families with young children. To address this issue, PIDF created the Ka Paʻalana Traveling Preschool and Homeless Family Education Program. Since then, Ka Paʻalana has assisted in transitioning 325 families from the beach to shelter and distributed over 50 tons of food and life necessities. Annually, over 900 children ages 5 and under and their caregivers receive service and over 100 clients receive assistance in obtaining employment including 7 who work at Ka Paʻalana as teachers, teaching assistants and outreach assistants.

Representing Partners in Development Foundation and Ka Pa`alana in the Senate Chamber Floor Presentation:

Alison Masutani- Vice President of Operations, Partners in Development Foundation

Danny Goya- Program Manager, Partners in Development Foundation

Terry Nakamura- Family Literacy Coordinator

Stacey Kauka- Assistant Program Manager

Sweets Wright- Parent Educator Kasey Galariada – Lead Teacher – HOPE School

Cheryl Kekumu – currently a teacher at PIDF’s Maili Land site AND a former program participant

Front L to R: Cheryl Kekumu, Senator Maile Shimabukuro, Autumn Goya, Cassidy Goya & Monica Waiau. Standing L to R: Terry Nakamura, Alison Masutani,  Kasey Galariada, Stacey Kauka, Sweets Wright,  Danny Goya & Jamie Goya

Front L to R: Cheryl Kekumu, Senator Maile Shimabukuro, Autumn Goya, Cassidy Goya & Monica Waiau.
Standing L to R: Terry Nakamura, Alison Masutani,
Kasey Galariada, Stacey Kauka, Sweets Wright,
Danny Goya & Jamie Goya

For more information about Partners in Development Foundation & the Ka Pa`alana Homeless Family Education program, visit: http://www.pidfoundation.org

 

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