We Learn Better Together

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Imua Inclusion Preschool is a place where every child is taught on the level at which they can attain success, where they can progress at a rate unique to their needs. A program where every child’s social, emotional, physical, and educational needs are met each and every day in a whole-child approach.

With our staff of professionals, any child who needs additional therapy can receive services during their school day. Our inclusion preschool provides enhanced instruction for all students including the gifted, artistic, typically-developing, and developmentally-delayed child.

Imua Inclusion Preschool is a proven model of success. Our dream is to add a second preschool with an enhanced curriculum that includes an outdoor natural learning environment and improved programs in the near future.

Meet Our Preschool Team

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Lynette Constantino
Lynette has been working with children her whole life as the eldest child in a large family! She comes to us with over ten years’ experience as a behavioral therapist specializing in working with children on the Autism spectrum. Currently, she is pursuing her B.S in Early childhood Education through UH West Oahu. Her passion for early childhood education, specifically inclusion, is evident in her practice.

Chaise Kahula
Chaise spent three years in the US Army as an Engineer Diver. Upon returning home, he began pursuing an A.S. Degree in Early Childhood Education which, he just completed through the University of Hawaii Maui Campus. Chaise has also been working at Kahului Hongwanji for the past year while completing his internship here at Imua.

Taylor Smith
Taylor began her journey as an early childhood educator in 2014, when she took her first class in early child education and fell in love with the field. She eventually graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education through the University of Hawaii, West Oahu. Taylor’s biggest passion is the process of building relationships with each child and family. She also enjoys learning about each child and how to connect with them based on their individual personalities and preferences as well as taking them out in nature and giving them the freedom to play and explore in natural environments. She takes special joy in teaching children through play and allowing them the time and space to make discoveries and investigate their own interests. One of her favorite quotes is by Fred Rogers, “Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.”

Angelika Padilla
Angelika graduated with her Associates in Early Childhood Education from the University of Hawai’i Maui College. She is currently working towards her bachelor’s degree through University of Hawai’i Manoa. Before being hired as a teacher at IMUA, Angelika started here as an intern.

Dr. Lori deCrinis – Director of Education. Lori began her career as a self-contained special education teacher within a very large school district. Over the years, she grew increasingly curious about how children actually qualify for special education and returned to school for her Master’s degree to gain certification as an Educational Diagnostician. After working as a “Specialized Assessor” for very young children, she began to dig deeper into the roots of treating problem behavior in order to better serve children and families. She earned certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in 2009, and worked as the lead Behavior Specialist for a medium-sized school district. During this tenure, she headed back to school to earn a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, knowing that this information would help round out her career skill set. Dr. Lori (as she is known) has worked within the realm of Applied Behavior Analysis on Maui for over 5 years in both the HI Department of Education and insurance-based autism services. She is thrilled to work at Imua Family Services beside so many talented and dedicated professionals.

Dr. Bobbie-Jo Moniz-Tadeo – Director of Clinical Services. Dr. Bobbie-Jo Moniz-Tadeo heads up Imua Family Services’ Clinical Services. Her extensive history in the field of early childhood education includes state-wide appointments to the Hawaii Early Intervention Coordinating Council, where she has served as Chair and Vice-Chair, and numerous recognitions, including County of Maui Women of Excellence (2015) and Professional of the Year (Special Parent Information Network, 2015). Dr. Moniz-Tadeo was born and raised in Upcountry Maui. Her Associates, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degrees were earned from the University of Hawaii, and her Doctorate from Argosy University. With her knowledge and expertise, Dr. Moniz Tadeo ensures that evidence-based and developmentally appropriate practices are implemented in Imua’s services in accordance with federal and state policy, all while individualizing services to meet the needs of the children. In addition to working directly with children and families, she has also devoted time teaching the next generation of early childhood educators as a college instructor in early childhood education and special education, both at the under-graduate and graduate levels.


Our Preschool

Inclusion means teaching all children together, regardless of ability level. Inclusive programs celebrate children’s similarities, as well as their different abilities and cultures. The Imua Inclusion Preschool serves both typical and non-typical children between the ages of 3 and 5 years old.

  • Play based curriculum to encourage development of communication and social skills
  • Creative Play Space
  • Community Field Trips
  • Student to teacher ratio 7:1

Inclusive schools benefit ALL children because of: 

  • Respect for diversity creates a welcoming environment for all
  • Differentiated instruction increases student engagement
  • Inclusive practices make effective use of a school’s resources
  • Behavioral supports help maintain a positive learning environment for everyone

In the classrooms, children with special needs take part in the general education curriculum based on their age and development and our team adapts the curriculum and the classroom so all children can learn as independently as possible. The Imua Preschool staff takes a team approach to a child’s learning journey and works closely with parents and families to create individualized care and education programs for each child.

Tuition:  12 months at $975 per month
Monday – Friday from 7:30am to 3:30pm

Aftercare:   $100 per month or a daily rate of $10
Monday – Friday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Financial Aid:
Imua Preschool accepts multiple subsidies including: Preschool Open Doors & Child Care Connection, Quality Care for Hawaiian Keiki, and the Maui County Child Care Subsidy Program.  Each subsidy program has different requirements. Families may qualify for multiple subsidies.

Parent Testimonial: “Inclusion Preschool has been a wonderful experience for our typically developing son.  The incredibly attentive and caring staff has given him the confidence to thrive.  He is happier and more independent for having been a part of Imua Inclusion Preschool.”Erin Wade, Parent

Take a peek into a typical day at Imua Preschool via our weekly newsletter: June 11, 2021, June 4, 2021, May 28, 2021, May 14, 2021, May 7, 2021, April 30, 2021, April 23, 2021, April 16, 2021, April 9 2021, April 1, 2021, March 26, 2021, March 12, 2021 March 5, 2021, February 26, 2021, February 19, 2021, February 12, 2021, February 5, 2021, January 29, 2021, January 22, 2021, January 15, 2021, January 8, 2021, December 11, 2020, December 4, 2020, November 20, 2020, November 13, 2020, October 30, 2020, October 23, 2020, October 12, 2020, September 28, 2020, September 21, 2020, September 14, 2020, September 8, 2020, August 31, 2020, August 24, 2020, August 17, 2020, August 10, 2020, August 5, 2020, July 13, 2020, July 6, 2020, June 29, 2020, June 22, 2020, June 15, 2020, June 8, 2020, June 1, 2020.

For more information please e-mail preschool@imuafamily.org or call 244-7467.

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