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Preschool Open Doors
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Special Announcement: PATCH Awarded DHS Contract for Preschool Open Doors!PATCH is pleased to announce effective October 1, 2013, PATCH has been awarded the contract for continued operation of the Preschool Open Doors project by the State of Hawaii Department of Human Services. We are happy to be able to provide Preschool Subsidies to low-income families in Hawaii, along with our other services.
Preschool Open Doors (POD) understands the importance of child care. Preschool prepares children for kindergarten by teaching social skills and recognition of shapes and some letters. It allows children to explore and discover their world in an environment where they learn through hands on play experiences.
POD promotes school readiness by providing child care subsidies to eligible families for the year prior to kindergarten. For the 2014-15 school year, priority will be children born August 1 - December 31, 2009 who are under-served or at-risk. Eligible families select the DHS-licensed group child care facility (i.e. preschool) of their choice. The Department of Human Services contracts with PATCH to run the program.
Income eligibility for tuition subsidies is based on a monthly gross family income not exceeding 85% of the Hawaii State Median Income (SMI) for size of family. The subsidy amount is based on a sliding fee scale using the family monthly gross income and the tuition rate of the selected preschool.
For more information on income eligibility see the following breakdown of the SMI:
RACE TO THE TOP! Preschool Tuition AssistanceAttention: Families in Waianae 96792 zip code and Kau, Keaau, Pahoa and Ocean View school districts with 4 year old* children. *Some 3 year olds with special populations referral may also qualify.
RACE TO THE TOP! Preschool Tuition Assistance is available from August 2013 through the end of the 2013-14 school year.
Click here for Race To The Top Flyer!
CALL TODAY FOR AN APPLICATION
For those who do not live in the areas above, Preschool Open Doors assistance is open to
qualifying families, statewide.
Neighbor Islands: 1-800-746-5620
or call your local PATCH office.
560 North Nimitz Highway
Honolulu, HI 96817
There are now representatives in each PATCH office to assist you with any questions you may have about the program. For full staff contact list, click here.