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.

USDA CACFP Civil Rights Assurance
UHMCC participates in the Federal Government’s USDA child and adult care food program, in which we receive reimbursements for providing snacks and meals. As a participant in this program, we must assure families that their civil rights are not violated. If you ever feel that an incident has occurred, please complete the paperwork in the office. You may also report suspected violations to: Office of Hawai‘i Child Nutrition Programs: (587-3600) 650 Iwilei Road, Suite 270 Honolulu, Hawai‘i, 96817 to be forwarded to: USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W Whitten Building 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington DC 20250-9410

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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