By: Taylor Preza
The Harold K.L. Castle Foundation awarded a $20,000 grant to Kamalapua O Koolau, the Windward District's preschool-through-third-grade collaboration this month.
The funds will go toward planning, developing, writing and applying for a $40 million preschool-development federal grant to support early learning initiatives.
If the federal grant is secured through the combined efforts of the state Executive Office on Early Learning and the Windward District's Kamalapua O Koolau, an award of $10 million will be distributed per year for four years.
According to the project and district P-3 coordinator Phyllis Ida, of the $10 million, the Windward district would receive about $4 million annually.
Kamalapua O Koolau is made up of Windward-area families, early childhood organizations and kindergarten programs.