Key components of Kūlaniākeaʻs toddler program include a prepared environment, meaningful, developmentally and culturally appropriate activities, including a strong partnership between parents and teachers.

Toddlers crave independence and are eager to learn. They develop confidence as they learn how to clothe themselves, pour their own water, and clean up their own spills. A growing conviction of “hiki iaʻu ke hana”  (“I can do it”) grows within the keiki as they explore their learning environment and engage with a wide range of educational materials designed just for them. Kūlaniākea also stresses social interaction with other keiki, development of language and practical life skills, and movement activities.

Through the program, each keiki will learn important life skills through cultural values of aloha, gratitude and respect for each other and the environment. Each keiki will also learn essential social skills by participating in group activities that encourage socialization such as linapoepoe (circle time) and wā moʻolelo (story time). Outdoor play is part of each full day. Toilet training is also introduced at this age in partnership with the parents. A toddler toileting area encourages beginning training and bathroom independence when your keiki is ready.