Child Care Resources

Child Care Resources

Resource List for Children age 0-5 years and Their Families
DHS, DOH, DOE, & EOEL Programs that Support Children’s Health and Development

DHS= Department of Human Services
DOH= Department of Health
DOE= Department of Education
EOEL= Executive Office on Early Learning
‘Ulu (breadfruit in Hawaiian) is a staple food.

Similarly, DHS, DOH, and DOE, and EOEL have staple programs and resources for families which address basic needs.  Helping families with basic needs supports children’s health and development.
The ‘Ohana Nui concept (supported by DHS and DOH) includes a whole family approach in addressing basic needs:

  • Housing
  • Food & nutrition
  • Health & wellness
  • Economic supports & education
  • Social capital


All children enrolled in licensed child care facilities are required to meet the immunization standards set forth by the State of Hawaii – Department of Health.

The Career Access and Navigation of Early Childhood Systems (CANOES) is Hawaii’s workforce and professional development system. CANOES is dedicated to initiating and organizing efforts that lead to the creation of a coordinated statewide professional development system. It is designed to share information and resources to help practitioners develop a career path in early care and education and to provide high quality services so all Hawaii’s children are safe, healthy, and ready to succeed.

The Healthy Child Care Hawaii Project helps to connect health consultants with child care programs. Health consultants work with child care providers to promote the healthy development of young children in child care, increase access to preventive health services, and ensure a safe physical environment for children. They provide information and resource materials to child care providers, health consultants, and other agencies/programs on national health and safety performance standards, medical home, and health insurance.

The Hawaii Child Care Nutrition Program under the University of Hawaii’s Cooperative Extension Service provides assistance, support and consultation to child care providers in meeting licensing requirements with regards to nutrition. Some of the goals are to provide foods and nutrition education, training, technical assistance and resources for licensed child care providers and to collaborate and partner with agencies, projects and programs to promote the goal of quality nutrition services provided by licensed child care providers.

The Hawai`i Early Learning and Development Standards (HELDS) are a set of research-based standards that identify expectations of knowledge and behavior for children through a chronological continuum. The HELDS are organized based on the National Education Goals Panel framework around the following 5 domains: Physical Well-Being, Health, and Motor Development; Social and Emotional Development; Approaches to Learning; Cognition and General Knowledge; and English Language and Literacy. The HELDS domains describe what a normally developing child should be expected to do at 12 months, 24 months, 36 months, 48 months, and kindergarten entry. The HELDS are aligned with the HIDOE standards, including the Common Core State Standards. In October 2012, Governor Abercrombie and the Early Learning Advisory Board endorsed the HELDS.

People Attentive to Children (PATCH)’s mission is to support and improve the quality and availability of care for young people of Hawaii. PATCH provides families with information and resources needed when looking for quality child care. They support the professional development of caregivers through training to improve the quality of care they are providing and to better understand the needs of the market. PATCH provides data and services to the community to maximize the quality of the care giving experience and to increase the number and quality of caregivers.

The Center on the Family (COF) is a unit within the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources at the University of Hawaii. Their mission is to enhance the well-being of Hawaii’s families through interdisciplinary research, service, education, and community outreach. COF conducts applied and basic research on family issues and generates and disseminates research-based information that improves the quality of life of Hawaii’s multicultural families, including their children and elders.

The Good Beginnings Alliance (GBA) works in partnership with families, communities, policy makers, early childhood providers, businesses and advocates to shape public will and public policy; mobilizes action; and maximizes resources, to ensure that all of Hawaii’s children are safe, healthy, and ready to succeed.

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is the nation’s largest organization and leading membership association for those working with and or on behalf of children, and are dedicated to improving the quality of programs for children from birth through age 8 years old.

The Hawaii Association for the Education of Young Children (HAEYC) is a non-profit, voluntary membership organization composed of teachers, family child care providers, caregivers, directors, advocates and those committed to quality early childhood programs for children birth to eight.

The Learning to Grow Project (LTG) under the University of Hawaii Center on the Family, provides statewide educational outreach services to families with children ages birth to 5 and their Family, Friend, and Neighbor (license-exempt) child care providers.  They provide parents with information about child care options and the importance of the quality of the early learning environment.

The Quality Care Program (QCP) is a collaborative partnership of the University of Hawaii Center on the Family, HAEYC, Honolulu Community College, and PATCH that aims to improve the quality of home-based and center-based early childhood education and care. Project goals include the design, implementation, and evaluation of a Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) for licensed center-based and family child care homes, and the implement of the QCP for licensed family child care providers with educational materials built upon 12 Hallmarks of Quality Care.

The Search Institute is committed to supporting educators, youth-serving organizations, faith communities, parents, researchers, and librarians in their effort to build a better world for children. They provide ideas, resources, connections, and examples of positive youth development drawn from Search Institute’s years of experience in the field.

The Office of Child Care’s Child Care Technical Assistance Network (CCTAN) provides training and technical assistance to states, territories, tribes and local communities. This involves assessing Child Care and Development Fund grantees’ needs, identifying innovations in child care administration, and promoting the dissemination and replication of solutions to the challenges that grantees and local child care programs face. They help states, territories, tribes and local communities build integrated child care systems that enable parents to work and promote the health and development of children.

The United States Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families through the Office of Child Care supports low-income working families through child care financial assistance and promotes children’s learning by improving the quality of early care and education and after school programs.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is an independent federal regulatory agency with a mission to protect the public against unreasonable risks of injury or death from consumer products through education, safety standards activities, regulation, and enforcement.

The National Association for Regulatory Administration (NARA) is an international professional organization dedicated to promoting excellence in human care regulation and licensing through leadership, education, collaboration, and services.

The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education provides health and safety resources including training curricula, national standards, and regulations for parents, child care providers, regulations, and child care health consultants. It maintains a public access database of child care licensing regulations, including nutrition standards, for all 50 U.S. States and the District of Columbia.

The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education provides a guide entitled, “Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards; Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs, Third Edition (CFOC3), which is available on the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education website.

The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education provides an “A-Z Child Care Information Links” which is a list of selected web sites providing health and safety tips and information applicable to child care settings.

The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) conducts and communicates research to support high-quality effective early childhood education for all young children. Such education enhances their physical, cognitive, and social development, and subsequent success in school and later life.