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Kauai Offices

Office Hours:

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 7:30am to 4:30pm

Tuesday: 7:30am to 5:30pm 

Office Closure:

The Kauai PATCH office will be closed in observance of Good Friday on Friday, March 25th. The office will reopen for regular business hours on Monday, March 28th. 


            Aloha. December 2015 saw some big changes at PATCH Kaua'i.  After 10 years as the Kaua'i Coordinator, Cathy Shanks has retired.  We all miss her knowledge about and passion for our work. Mary Lu Kelley is the new Kaua'i Coordinator and is honored and pleased as punch to be with PATCH Kauai.

One of her first responsibilities as Kaua'i Coordinator was to host Tom Copeland for his 3rd Annual Kauai training on the “Business of Child Care” which was held on Dec. 12, 2015 at the Courtyard Marriott with over 20 providers participating. It was another super informative Tom Copeland training in a room that was beautifully decorated for the holidays.

Wishing all of you a very Happy 2016!!  The Kaua'i PATCH office kicked off this new year with an all-time favorite, the Basic series on Family Child Care with PATCH trainer Lorraine Shimauchi.  We have 8 new Potential Providers taking this training.

            Kaua'i held a Providers Appreciation Social on Sat. Feb 6, 2016 at the Kaua'i Beach Hotel. Twenty-eight providers attended to enjoy breakfast and listen to Kaua'i Easter Seals’ Occupational Therapist Thao Tu speak about “Helping Children with Special Needs: A Practical Approach”.  Thao is a wonderful speaker and the providers had many of their questions answered. We will probably bring Thao back later this year for another session on Special Needs. And we plan to offer a 7 class series on Special Needs Training starting in April 2016. Be sure check the training calendar in this issue of Training Tracks for all of the classes being offered on Kauai in April, May and June 2016.2016-02-06-17.52.17

Other events that have happened in this quarter include the Kaua'i Early Learning Practitioners (KELP) workshop which was held on Feb. 27 at Lihu'e Neighborhood Center from 9:15 AM to 2:45 PM.  This Building Bridges Workshop covered topics on Gender Differences and Evidence-based Approaches for Working with Families and was attended by 40 Kauai child care providers.

On March 10, 2016, 'Ae Kamali’i Preschool in Lihu'e hosted PATCH Trainer Sandra Garcia for a Parenting Class from 5:30 – 7:30 PM on the Importance of Play. This training was open to the public and we had 18 parents and providers attend.

April starts our next quarter of PATCH classes. At the PATCH office, starting on Wednesday, April 6th from 6-9 PM, Sandra Garcia will be teaching a 10 session class called Infant/Toddler III.  Also at the PATCH office on Tuesdays, starting April 19th from 6-7:30 PM, Lorraine Shimauchi will be teaching a 7 session class on Special Needs. Please check the Training Tracks Schedule for other classes on Kaua'i.

Please call the PATCH office at 246-0622 for more information on all items mentioned in this month’s news. 

Aloha to all!


Kauai United Way

Kaua'i Visitor Industry Charity Walk 

Keiki Productions LLC

for Supporting PATCH Kauai Programs

Contact PATCH Kauai

4485 Pahe`e Street
Suite 124
Lihue, Hawaii  96766

Mary Lu Kelley
Kaua'i Coordinator Resources & Referrals 808-246-0622

Lorraine Shimauchi
Program Specialist:
Registry, Quality Care Program

Natalia Perry
FCC Program Representative: USDA Food Program, Recruitment