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Preschool Open Doors (POD) Program Accepting Applications for January 2017-June 2017 Term



The Department of Human Services (DHS) has announced that we will be accepting applications for the Preschool Open Doors program starting September 19 through October 31, 2016.

Applications received in this period are for consideration for POD program participation for January 1, 2016-June 30, 2017. Applications will be accepted for children born August 1, 2011 through July 31, 2012.

Families affected by the change to the kindergarten entry age are encouraged to apply. The POD program provides child care payments to eligible families so their child is able to receive a preschool experience prior to their entry into kindergarten. Funding for POD is limited, priority for program selection is detailed in the POD administrative rules which can be found at the DHS website at

Click here to download an application

Or, call our Preschool Open Doors staff in May to request an application:

Oahu: 791-2130
Neighbor Islands: 1-800-746-5620 (toll-free)

Applications must be received at the Oahu PATCH office by October 31, 2016 to be considered for the January 2017 through June 2017 program term. The address for Oahu PATCH office is:

PATCH -- Preschool Open Doors
560 North Nimitz Highway, Suite 218
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817

FAX: 808-694-3066

Applicants are encouraged to apply early to ensure the October 31, 2016 deadline is met.

For additional information please contact us at 791-2130 (Oahu) or 1-800-746-5620 (toll-free for neighbor islands).

Eligible families will be notified in writing of the status of their child's Preschool Open Doors Subsidy award no later than November 30, 2016.

For additional information, please contact us at 791-2130 (Oahu) or 1-800-746-5620 (toll-free for neighbor islands).

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.

promotes school readiness by providing child care subsidies to eligible families for the year prior to kindergarten. The Department of Human Services (DHS) contracts with PATCH to run the program. The DHS administers the program.

For the 2016-17 school year, priority will be children born August 1, 2011-July 31, 2012 who are under-served or at-risk. Eligible families select the DHS-licensed group child care facility (i.e. preschool) of their choice. Household size and monthly gross income also are used to determine priority.

Income eligibility for tuition subsidies is based on a monthly gross family income not exceeding the amounts below. The subsidy amount is based on a sliding fee scale using the family monthly gross income and the maximum POD rate allowed for the selected preschool or the cost of care if lower.

For more information on income eligibility see the following:

Monthly Gross Income Eligibility Limit

Family Size       
Income Eligibility


Click for POD Fall 2016 flyer

For public notice of Fall 2016 Application Period please click here.

Preschool Open Doors (POD) Contact Information


791-2130 (Oahu) 

1-800-746-5620 (Neighbor Islands)

Or call your local PATCH office.

Mailing Address:

560 North Nimitz Highway
Suite 218
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.

IMPORTANT:K entry poster 8x11 101513fStarting August 20, 2014, your child must be 5 on or by July 31 to enter kindergarten. Click here for English flyer.

Click here for flyer in multiple foreign languages.

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