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Preschool Open Doors
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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. The Department of Human Services (DHS) contracts with PATCH to run the program. The DHS administers the program in collaboration with the Executive Office on Early Learning.
For the 2015-16 school year, priority will be children born August 1 - December 31, 2010 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. POD does not require parents/guardians to be employed, in school, or job training to qualify for assistance.
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.
For more information on income eligibility see the following:
AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY AGENCY
IMPORTANT:Starting August 20, 2014, your child must be 5 on or by July 31 to enter kindergarten.Click here for English flyer.
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For more information, please visit earlylearning.hawaii.gov-kindergarten-age-change/
Preschool Open Doors (POD) Contact InformationTelephone:
1-800-746-5620 (Neighbor Islands)
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.