Infant & Toddler Centers

Central Maui - Kupukupu Early Head Start Child Development Center

West Maui - Early Head Start Child Development Center


Infant and Toddler – Early Childhood Development Centers

MFSS conducts the only Early Head Start funded, Infant and Toddler Early Childhood Development Centers in Maui County. These centers are located in Wailuku and Lahaina. 

In 2015, MFSS opened Hale Hi`ipoi, the first licensed Infant and Toddler Development Center in Hana. Hale Hi`ipoi is made possible due to a collaboration between MFSS, the Department of Education, the County of Maui and Kamehameha Schools. Funded by Kamehameha Schools and the Federal Department of Education, Native Hawaiian Education Program, in 2022  Hale Hi’ipoi became an Early Head Start Partnership program with some of the child care program slots funded by EHS. 

Learning Environment

Research over the past few decades clearly shows that the care children receive as infants and toddlers influences the people they will become. Early Head Start learning environments are nurturing spaces that support the learning of very young children. EHS programs create a safe, fun, and welcoming environment for infants and toddlers. This includes play spaces, areas for caregiving routines, and outdoor areas. Staff plans ways to integrate home cultures into the environment. They also consider the ways the space can change to support the changing ages, interests, and characteristics of a group of children over time.


Curriculum for infants and toddlers provides guidance and strategies for:

  • Supporting infant and toddler development and learning
  • Engaging in responsive interactions and relationships with children
  • Partnering with families

Staff uses what they know about each child’s strengths and needs and each family’s goals to plan their use of the curriculum.


Early Head Start

For Children ages 6 weeks-3 years

Wailuku Kupukupu Hours: 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Maui Family Support Services, Inc.

1844 Wili Pa Loop

Wailuku, HI 96793

Phone: (808) 242-0900

Fax: (808) 249-2800

Lahaina EHS Child Development Center Hours: 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Ka Hale A Ke Ola Resource Center – Westside

15 Ipu Aumakua Lane

Lahaina, HI 96761

Phone: (808) 661-1170

Fax: (808) 661-1198


Hale Hi`ipoi – Hana Infant & Toddler Development Center

Hours: 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

In April of 2015, MFSS opened the first licensed Infant and Toddler Center in the Hana Community. Located on the campus of Hana Elementary and High School, the center offers quality childcare to children ages 6 weeks-3 years.

P.O. Box 938

Hana, HI 96713

Phone/Fax: (808) 248-7609

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