Alani Children’s Center provides early childhood care and education for children of the campus community and also serves as a laboratory for the early childhood teacher training programs, service learning, and related programs in the University of Hawai‘i (UH). The Center serves children two to five years old.
The Center is located on 18th Avenue, north of the Hawai‘i Film Studio, besides parking lot D on the Kapi‘olani Community College (KCC) campus.
Licensing & Accreditation
The Center is licensed by the state Department of Human Services. Our program is also accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs, the credentialing body of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
Accreditation means that our program is of high quality and meets national standards of excellence in program practices, teacher qualifications, and child health and safety.
KCC students, faculty, and staff may enroll their children at the Center. Priority is given to children whose parents or guardians are KCC students or employees. Priority consideration are given to:
- Continuing students
- Students who are single parents;
- Students enrolled in 9 or more credits; then
- Full-time employees.
Any remaining spaces are allocated to children of other UH system students and employees, and then to the general community. Spaces are allocated based upon priority and number of openings available in each age group and gender.
Children from all ethnic, racial, religious, and national backgrounds are welcome. Children with disabilities whose needs can be met by the Center are also welcome.
Application and Deadlines
Applications are available online. Complete and return the application to:
Alani Children’s Center
Kapi‘olani Community College
4303 Diamond Head Road
Honolulu, HI 96816-4421
For fall enrollment, parents are notified late May or beginning June.
For spring enrollment, parents are notified mid to late December.
Children who are not selected due to lack of openings will be placed on a wait list. All families will be notified of their status within a reasonable length of time.
A nonrefundable annual comprehensive fee of $195 is due upon receipt of the acceptance letter. The fee confirms your child’s space at the Center and covers classroom supplies and equipment, excursions, and supplies for family events.
Tuition is due on a semester basis and can be paid in full or in four equal installments. Families sign a payment agreement each semester which specifies the amount of tuition and payment schedule. Families are obligated to pay the full amount as shown in the payment agreement whether or not the child attends every day. Tuition includes morning snack, lunch, and afternoon snack.
Childcare Tuition Assistance
The Kekaulike Information and Service Center, Financial Aid section will determine whether you qualify for additional assistance for childcare in your financial aid package. For more information, view our Financial Aid page.
In addition to financial aid, assistance may be obtained by the following childcare tuition assistance programs:
- Child Care Connection 808.566.2600 or 808.356.5575
- Preschool Open Doors Program 808.791.2130
- Pauahi Keiki Scholars 808.534.8080
Tuition includes morning snack, lunch, and afternoon snack.
- Morning Snack:
- Example 1 (hot): French toast or pancakes and milk
- Example 2 (cold): Cereal or fruit and milk
- Lunch hot:
- Example 1: Beef stew with vegetables, rice, fruit, and milk
- Example 2: Kalua pig with cabbage, rice, fruit, and milk
- Afternoon Snack: 100% Juice and Crackers
Please discuss any dietary restrictions or allergies with your child’s teacher. All food is prepared and served in accordance with guideline for the USDA childcare food program and menu choices reflect divergent cultural and ethnic eating preferences. If your child is on a special diet, you can provide home lunch. There is no tuition adjustment for home lunch.
Each class has their own routine but morning normally includes indoor and outdoor time, snack and lunch, and story time. There is nap or quiet time and indoor and outdoor time in the afternoon.
Hours and Days of Operation
Monday – Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., August to May in conjunction with the fall and spring academic calendar.
The Center is closed on all non-instructional days including state holidays and winter, spring, and summer breaks.
Programs are for 3 and 5 days a week, depending on age and availability. No partial day enrollment is available.
Make An Impact
Please consider supporting Alani Children’s Center by Making a Gift online via UH Foundation to help ensure our continued growth. Your contribution will have a direct impact on our keiki. By donating via UH foundation, Alani faculty will best be able to allocate resources to the areas that need the most support and directly impact the children. There are multiple ways to donate: one-time gifts, recurring/annual donations, and/or planned gifts such as estate gifts, real estate, and securities. Through the generosity of our friends and alumni, we are able to enhance and build our educational program and facilities.