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Parent Participation Preschool (PPP)
Play an Active Role in Your Child’s Early Education
KOKA Parent Participation Programs (PPP) meets 2 days a week at each site in different communities around Oahu. The goal of PPP is to support parents as their child's first teacher by providing educational experiences for parents and children as they play and learn together. These dynamic programs also provide opportunities for families to become advocates and decision-makers in their child's education. Montessori materials, Hawaiian culture and teachings are infused into the curriculum to add a rich foundation for learning concepts. Parents, caregivers, and keiki enjoy culturally rich activities that support core Hawaiian values. PPP incorporates:
- Preschool and kindergarten school readiness skill building
- Hawaiian culture and language
- Dramatic play
- Learning concepts such as shapes and colors
- Montessori materials that build math and literacy skills
- Child focused activities that are parent guided
- Outdoor activites such as gardening
- Music & dance
- Story telling & finger plays
- Book making
- Creative Arts
- Math Basics; number concepts
- Story time (Mo`olelo)
- Language & Literacy enrichment
We enroll children without regard to race, religion or disability.
Our PPP staff is knowledgeable of current early childhood practices and standards, Hawaiian values, language, traditions and cultural teachings. Dual language curriculum promotes Hawaiian values such as Malama; Kuleana; Aloha; and Lokahi. Staff plan activities for young children using these values. They set up learning centers to support hands-on learning and encourage parent/child interactions. As children and families engage in meaningful learning and play activities they build strong relationships with each other, peers and others. In this way, PPP staff help parents prepare children for success in later learning.
A primary value of all PPP programs is the fact that parents gain knowledge about basic understandings of child development at monthly parent meetings. They also participate with other families in huakaʻi or field trips.
A Parent Participation Program in the Hawaiian Language
At PPP sites, the curriculum is implemented in the Hawaiian language as well as in English. Dedicated staff members are fluent in both English and Hawaiian. Parents are encouraged to learn the language and speak it with their keiki. The National Center for Research on Cultural Diversity and Second Language Learning has stated:
The cumulative evidence from research conducted over the last three decades at sites around the world demonstrates conclusively that cognitive, social, personal, and economic benefits accrue to the individual who has an opportunity to develop a high degree of bilingual proficiency when compared with a mono lingual counterpart.