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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Maui nonprofit awarded $75K

Maui News

WAILUKU, Maui The Oscar and Rosetta Fish Fund has awarded $75,000 to Imua Family Services to support its Early Childhood Development Program.

The program provides therapeutic services to children ages 3 to 6 who suffer from mild to moderate developmental delays, but who do not qualify for state Department of Education special education programs.

According to the nonprofit agency, its early-childhood program includes a broad spectrum of services to help children reach age-appropriate development goals. Those services include speech language, physical and occupational therapy, special instruction and care coordination.

Families, preschool teachers and caregivers for special-needs children also receive education and support from Imua Family Services.

"The Oscar and Rosetta Fish Fund makes speech-language therapy available to children on Maui, enabling Imua Family Services to continue this important program," said Tracy Kealoha, program director of Imua Family Services.

She called Imua's services essential to healthy development and preparation for learning.

The Hawai'i Community Foundation administers the Oscar and Rosetta Fish Fund. As for Imua, the one-of-a-kind agency in Maui County serves more than 2,500 Maui and Lāna'i residents a year through a host of trust funds, foundations, private donors and government sources.

For more information about Imua Family Services, go to www.imuafamilyservices.org or call 244-7467.