About The Center


The “Big House” in the neighborhood. Where families gather and children learn and play…

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Children’s Center operates under the auspices of the Office of Student Affairs and has academic affiliations with the College of Education, the College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources, and multiple departments throughout the University system. The Center is supported by state general funds, parent fees, donations, grants, and fundraising. The University provides facilities, utilities, and maintenance service at no cost to the Center, which is located in Honolulu, Hawai‘i.

The Children’s Center supports the instruction, research, and service mission of the University of Hawai‘i. The Center is a site for students, faculty, and community members to observe best practices in early childhood education and to conduct research, with the express permission of parents.

Approximately one hundred two to five-year-olds are enrolled either full or part-week each semester in one of six classrooms at The Big House. We also have partnered with the DOE SPED programs to create 2 satellite classrooms at nearby elementary schools (Kūhiō Elementary School and Noelani Elementary School).  The Center operates whenever the University has classes or exams.

Non-Discrimination Policy
Families are welcomed from all ethnic, racial, and national backgrounds. There is no discrimination against families or children based on background, race, color, creed, gender or disability.

We are physically located at:
Castle Memorial Hall
2320 Dole Street
Honolulu, HI 96822

All mail should be sent to:
The University of Hawai’i at Mānoa Children’s Center
2600 Campus Road, QLCSS #407
Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96822

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