Kahumana Early Childhood Center
About The Center
We began to offer childcare services for our resident families in the mid-1990s under the auspices of Helen Kimball at Ohana Ola O Kahumana transitional housing complex. Its guiding philosophy was inspired by the Waldorf movement. We serve children from birth through 5 years old.*
We are guided by the Waldorf, Montessori, and Reggio Emilia philosophies while measuring up to accreditation standards. The three philosophies recognize the spiritual component of humanity and emphasize the importance of a beautiful, neutral environment as a primary component for children to have a positive experience in a group setting. Walls are kept free of visual clutter, and bright, multi colors are reserved for the children and for the materials with which they work. The aim at our Center is to prepare children to transition smoothly into community infant/toddler centers and preschools by offering them a similar, and self-rewarding experience.
What We Do
The staff will collaborate with children’s explorations to expand their inquiries, per accreditation standards. The children will be encouraged to explore each subject in many artistic ways, per the Reggio Emilia method. The staff will make and repair toys with the children, per Waldorf directives. The children will participate in maintaining their environment, per the Practical Life activities of Montessori. We will sing and dance to support the need of young children for movement - recently proven scientifically to be the precursor to cognitive development.
For the last 13 years, we have provided childcare services at Ohana Ola O Kahumana. Up until April 2016 this one location served children 3 months through 5 years old while their families went to work, on job interviews, medical appointments, etc. Now, we have begun to refurbish the space at OOOK and have expanded our facilities to two additional rooms at the Ulu Ke Kukui site. We will also be opening a second room at OOOK as part of the refurbishing effort. We now offer Daily Development care (like community infant/toddler centers and preschools working on socio-emotional, physical, cognitive) for families who work in addition to the Drop-In services.
*The kindergarten entry age was changed last year to include only children turning 5 up until July 31. Children who turn 5 on August 1 and beyond have to wait an additional year to start Kindergarten.