At Seagull Schools we offer high quality first school and childcare programs at affordable rates that meet the needs of working parents. We also provide adult day services at our Kapolei school that mutually benefit young children and older adults alike.
Seagull Schools is a private, non-profit corporation that has been serving communities by developing and operating early education facilities since 1971. It is one of the state’s largest childcare providers, serving approximately 900 children from mixed socio-economic backgrounds. The School’s centers are located in Kailua, Ewa Beach, Ko Olina, Kapolei and Honolulu, on the island of Oahu, and at the Mauna Lani Resort on the island of Hawaii. Seagull also operates a food service program, which prepares over 1,500 meals a day and an adult day service program from its Kapolei site where 50 disabled seniors and 240 children have the opportunity to interact with one another daily.
The Schools’ child development programs are known for their exceptional ability to provide high quality care and early education at affordable rates that meet the needs of working parents. Besides having fees that are among the lowest in the State, Seagull Schools also provides generous financial aid to low-income families for tuition assistance. The organization has also emerged as a national leader in the rapidly expanding field of “intergenerational programs” where young children and older adults come together to develop relationships that mutually benefit both age groups. The mission of Seagull Schools is to provide early education programs of the highest value, which are responsive to Hawaii’s diverse communities.
All of the Schools’ early education programs are either fully accredited by the National Assocation for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) or are in preparation for accreditation. In 2002, the schools received the prestigious KOA award for “Excellence in Education” and in 2007, Seagull’s executive director, Chuck Larson, received the KOA award for “Entrepreneur of the Year.”
In June 2012 - from 6,000 childcare centers nationally - Seagull Schools was one of only 16 centers to be recognized by First lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” program for outstanding efforts to prevent obesity and help children get off to a healthy start in life. The criteria that influenced Seagull’s selection included: (1) no air conditioned classrooms…they are architecturally designed to be cooled naturally to reduce germ circulation, (2) healthy and nutritional meals served family style that include brown bread and brown rice, fresh fruit and vegetables and a vegetarian meal every Wednesday, (3) no TV or video watching, (4) ample green open space for exploring and running at full speed and (5) specially designed transitional areas for blending inside and outside activities. The awards for this recognition were presented to Seagull’s staff at a special lunch event in Washington D.C.
Seagull has also won awards for being a “Best Place to Work” by Hawaii Business Magazine and has been recognized by the Hawaii Psychological society as a “Psychologically Healthy Workplace”. Most recently, it’s campuses in Kailua and Ocean Pointe (Ewa Beach) became “Blue Zone Project Approved” which certify that its policies and environments meet special high standards that contribute to healthy living.
Seagull’s commitment to supporting the natural environment is supported by the inclusion of solar panels in its schools at Kapolei, KoOlina and Ocean Pointe and the use of recycled irrigation water at the Ocean Pointe and KoOlina schools. In the past 22 years Seagull Schools has also planted approximately 290 trees on its campuses that include banana, avocado, coconut, breadfruit and papaya trees.
Seagull Schools has an extensive history of collaboration that includes partnering with business, government, and other non-profit organizations. The organization has also taken a leadership role in coordinating efforts to effect policy through its active support or memberships in Good Beginnings Alliance, the Child Care Business Coalition, the Hawaii Intergenerational Network, Kokua Council, West Oahu Economic Development Association (WOEDA), and the NAEYC and HAEYC.