They spend long days teaching, cooking, cleaning and comforting keiki. And please don’t call it “babysitting.”

These profiles of providers were inspired by the “Child Care, Unfiltered” project that nonprofit news organization LAist published in 2021. Like LAist, we interviewed child care providers and gave them disposable cameras so they could document their days.

We worked with the Hawai’i Children’s Action Network and the People Attentive to Children (PATCH) organization to identify providers willing to share their stories. All five providers profiled are either licensed or registered by the state Department of Human Services, meaning they meet department regulations to ensure children’s health, safety and well-being. To learn more about our reporting process, click here.

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