ED Technical Standards

Our program technical standards have been developed to help students understand the minimum essential mental, physical, and behavioral skills necessary for participation in and completion of all core aspects of our curriculum.

  General Specific
Thinking Skills Apply concepts from child development research and best practices in the field to work effectively with children and their families.
  • Do simple research using library and Internet resources.
  • Solve interpersonal problems with and between children.
  • Make decisions about program environment and curriculum.
  • Resolve issues involving childcare staff and families.
Sensory/Observation Skills Assess children’s behavior and environment for care and safety.
  • Observe children at a distance and close at hand.
  • Perceive children’s verbal and nonverbal cues and respond appropriately.
  • Scan environment and facilities for safety purposes.
Motor Skills Possess sufficient physical strength, flexibility, and dexterity to perform education and care routines for children.
  • Manipulate materials and equipment such as scissors, puzzles, computers, and CD players.
  • Provide safe and nurturing contact to promote healthy development.
  • Safely lift and transport children during care routines such as diapering or feeding.
  • Interact with children at varying heights.
  • Evacuate children in cases of emergency.
Communication Skills Communicate effectively to gather and convey information and guidance.
  • Share information with children, family members, and colleagues through notes, meetings, and phone calls, etc.
  • Understand and respond to information received from children, family members, and colleagues through notes, newsletters, portfolios, written reports, meetings, and phone calls, etc.
  • Communicate clearly with groups of children during indoor and outdoor activities.
  • Write clearly with and for children.
Behavioral Skills Behave appropriately and safely in a childcare environment.
  • Demonstrate maturity and sensitivity in dealing with children and adults.
  • Exercise good judgement to respond promptly and responsibly to children’s needs.
  • Work cooperatively with partners and groups.
  • Use appropriate interpersonal skills.
  • Follow safety procedures.
Environmental Tolerance Function safely in a childcare lab and playground.
  • Work for prolonged periods amidst: Dirt, dust, and odors, Residue from cleaning products

Disability Accommodations

We have developed our technical standards in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. We will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified students with disabilities. If you are interested in our program, we encourage you to review these technical standards and course information at to decide whether this program is right for you.

If you have questions about this program, please call the Honolulu CC Counseling Office at 845-9129. Individuals with hearing impairments may call 845-9270 (v/t) or use the Telecommunication Relay Service at 1-877-447-5990.

If you have questions about disability access and accommodations, please direct them to Honolulu CC's Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) at 845-9282 (v/t), 845-9272 (v/t), or e-mail accesshcc-l@lists.hawaii.edu