The program is research-based and grounded in theory. Its goals are to:

  • Develop well-informed and reflective early childhood educators;
  • Enhance practitioner knowledge of child development and the field of early childhood education in inclusive programs that nurture diverse families and children;
  • Foster the application of new knowledge in programs that demonstrate respect, humility, and sensitivity for the children, families and communities they serve;
  • Enhance early childhood educators’ ability to understand and implement culturally congruent research; and,
  • Encourage and increase the professionalism and leadership capacity of early childhood educators in Hawai‘i, as well as other states and nations of the Pacific Rim.