WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - A unique preschool program where children with disabilities learn alongside mainstream kids is opening on Maui.
Imua Family Services Executive Director Dean Wong tells the Maui News it will be one of the first inclusion preschools of its kind in the state.
The organization says Imua Preschool will be at an early childhood center scheduled for completion in the spring on Wakea Avenue.
The program for 3- to 5-year olds won't segregate its general education curriculum.
According to the organization, that will allow children with disabilities to mirror other students. And the benefit for mainstream students is they will learn about diversity, acceptance and compassion.
Initial enrollment is for 24 children for the school year beginning in August. Tuition will be $850 a month.