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Swinerton Builders: May 27, 2014

Community Learning Center at Ma‘ili nearing completion of first phase

Construction on Kamehameha Schools’ new 10 acre early learning complex is on-time and nearing completion.

The first phase of the Community Learning Center at M?‘ili (CLC-M) will soon offer a new early learning resource for parents and families on the Wai‘anae Coast.

One of the most important commitments Kamehameha Schools is making to the Wai‘anae Coast is the development of community learning centers. These facilities will provide spaces for students and families to learn and grow as well as community programs to model innovative, collaborative, and impactful services.

Swinerton Builders Hawaii is the general contractor for the Early Learning Complex, which was designed by MVE Institutional. The projected cost of the Early Learning Complex is $33 million and is designated for 10.28 acres of the 40 acre CLC-M site.

The CLC-M early learning complex aims to:

increase the number of preschool seats on the Wai‘anae Coast

provide learning opportunities and resources to families with young children

create a hub where early childhood organizations can work in close proximity to better serve Wai‘anae Coast keiki

The Preschool Complex features a unique set-up with six preschool providers located on the same site with shared facilities. On-site providers are:

  • ‘Aha P?nana Leo
  • HCAP Head Start
  • Kamehameha Schools
  • Keiki Steps by INPEACE
  • Partners in Development Ka Pa‘alana
  • Wai‘anae Coast Early Education Center

Families interested in applying for available seats should contact H?‘ala by INPEACE at 696-9300 or hoala@inpeace.org.

In the four-classroom Infant and Toddler Center, new and expanding families will have access to high quality care for their babies and toddlers during the most important time for learning. Families will be able to participate in programs offered from:

  • ‘Aha P?nana Leo
  • Keiki O Ka ‘?ina Family Learning Centers
  • PACT Early Head Start

A two-story Early Learning Kauhale will provide operational, office and meeting spaces for community organizations that have long served the Wai‘anae Coast. Groups will be able to gather and work side-by-side to best serve our keiki and families. A list of providers who will hold space at the kauhale will be provided shortly.

Both the Preschool Complex and Infant and Toddler Center are scheduled to open in August. The Early Learning Kauhale will open in January of 2015.

Located between Kaukama and St. John’s Road in M?‘ili, the Community Learning Center at M?‘ili (CLC-M) was made possible through a collaborative effort with the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL). The entrance to the learning center is on Kulauku St.

During a site visit in May, collaborators added inspirational words and mana‘o to the walls of their classrooms. These words will be an unseen foundation for the work that will take place.

Additional updates on the learning center’s construction progress will be posted to the Ka Pua Initiative website at ksbe.edu/kapua.

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