INPEACE launches crowdfunding campaign to keep 800 keiki in preschool

Published: Nov. 21, 2014 at 4:15 PM HST|Updated: Nov. 21, 2014 at 4:59 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - INPEACE, The Institute for Pacific Education and Culture, is turning to an innovative solution -- community crowdfunding to help save Keiki Steps, a free, parent-participation preschool that helps prepare children for kindergarten. Without this support, 800 keiki and their caregivers will not be able to attend Keiki Steps after January 2015.

This is the first campaign of its kind for a Hawai'i early learning program. Keiki Steps children and their families are making MAHALO artwork and cards for donors to kick off the campaign.

INPEACE recently lost nearly $2 million in federal funding to provide quality early education and parent empowerment opportunities to children and families on O'ahu and Hawai'i Island. The non-profit, for-impact organization is raising additional funds from private foundations, government agencies and additional sources. Crowdfunding is a creative problem solving effort to augment INPEACE's traditional fundraising methods.

Crowdfunding helps to raise more money, as well as build and connect with a community that shares INPEACE's passion for children. The agency is asking everyone who cares about children and Hawai'i's future to donate. $1, $5, $20 -- anything everyone can give will be helping more than they know. If 250,000 people donate just one dollar each we would be done with the campaign tomorrow.

Those who attend a Keiki Steps program achieve an average of 18 percentile point gains on the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test (PPVT).

For more information about the Keiki Steps campaign click here.

For more information about INPEACE, click here.

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