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Licensing and Accreditation
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At PATCH, we understand the delicate balance of family life. We understand that finding high-quality child care is an important step to raising healthy children. Resource and referral agencies like PATCH, located throughout the country, help parents take the guesswork out of choosing care – arming them with referrals and information about the elements of quality care and state licensing requirements, as well as the availability of child care subsidies.
And because the child care needs of every family vary, resource and referral counselors provide guidance by phone, in person, and in other ways, such as the Internet, that are tailored to each individual family rather than a one-size-fits-all solution.
Experts say that the first few years of life are the most important in the development of good mental, physical and emotional health. During this time your child will:
The State of Hawaii, Department of Human Services licenses some types of child care to protect the health, safety and well-being of children. A license does not assure quality. A licensed child care provider is required to meet minimum standards, while the quality of these programs can vary greatly. Therefore, you must carefully review all programs, whether they are licensed or not, to be sure it is the best one for you and your child.
According to Hawaii law, caregivers who care for 3 or more unrelated children are required to be licensed. However, there are exceptions to the licensing laws for both family child care homes and child care centers. (These facilities are considered “License Exempt” programs and are not monitored by the State of Hawaii, Department of Human Services).
For programs to be licensed, the State:
Click here for the Choosing Quality Child Care Options grid.
Accredited homes and centers voluntarily measure up to national standards of quality that have been established by national child care organizations. Programs that are accredited have gone beyond minimum licensing standards and have made a commitment to provide the kind of care, attention, and stimulating activities that you and your children require.
Caregivers in many accredited programs take part in on-going child development training. Trained caregivers are more likely to understand children’s needs at different ages, plan appropriate activities, and interact with children in warm and stimulating ways. They are also more likely to provide positive guidance for children, rather than harsh discipline.
Childcare and State Licensing
State Licensing Contacts
For more information on licensing of child care providers, call
your local Department of Human Services Child Care Connections office. Or to
visit their website click here.
Child Care Licensing Unit I
Child Care Licensing Unit II
Central Hilo Unit
North Kona Unit II
MAUI (Includes Lanai & Molokai)
Maui Central Unit
Or you can call your local PATCH office. We'll walk you through the process.