EOEL Public Prekindergarten Program

Accepting applications starting March 1, 2021
for school year 2021-22


COVID-19 Updates
Each class is limited to 20 students. As our state progresses through the months ahead in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, class sizes may be reduced to no more than 10 children per group to address the health and safety needs of the children and staff.

Classroom Updates for Schools
The reopening of EOEL Public Prekindergarten classrooms at the following schools for School Year 2021-2022 is pending the availability of state funds.

Hawai’i Island

Chiefess Kapi’olani Elementary
Hilo Union Elementary
Hōnaunau Elementary


‘Aiea Elementary
Hale’iwa Elementary
Likelike Elementary
Pālolo Elementary
Wai’anae Elementary
Waimānalo Elementary and Intermediate


Pukalani Elementary


Eligibility Requirements
Child must be born between August 1, 2016 – July 31, 2017 and be 4 years old on or before July 31, 2021.


Priority for Enrollment
Priority is provided for children whose situations include, but are not limited to, one or more of the following:

  • Children who are eligible for special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) and require general education placement.
  • Children in foster care.
  • Children who are experiencing homelessness or unstable housing.
  • Children who are English as a second language learners.
  • Children whose family’s income is no more than 300% of the federal poverty level.


Visit your nearest DOE elementary school with an EOEL Public Prekindergarten classroom to request an application packet or click below to download an application.

Kapasen Chuuk (Chuukese) – available soon

English – available now

ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian) – available soon

Ilokano (Ilocano) – available soon

Kajin Majôl (Marshallese) – available soon

Gagana Samoa (Samoan) – available soon

Español (Spanish) – available soon

Tagalog – available soon

Application materials are fillable and provided in Portable Document Format (PDF) which require a PDF reader such as Adobe Acrobat Reader for viewing and printing.