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Preschool Open Doors (POD) program OPEN ENROLLMENT for 2014-15 School Year
2014 Enrollment Period Now Closed
Notice of Preschool Open Doors (POD) program Application Period: October 1-October 31, 2014
9/23/2014: The Department of Human Services (DHS) today announced that we will be accepting applications for the Preschool Open Doors program starting October 1, 2014 through October 31, 2014.
Applications received in this period are for consideration for POD program participation for January 1, 2015-June 30, 2015.
Families affected by the change to the kindergarten entry age for the school year 2014-15 and with children who will be enrolling in kindergarten for the school year 2015-16 are encouraged to apply. The POD program provides child care payments to eligible families so their child is able to receive up to a year of preschool experience prior to their entry into kindergarten. Funding for POD is limited, priority for program selection are detailed in the POD administrative rules which can be found at the DHS website at http://humanservices.hawaii.gov/admin-rules-2/admin-rules-for-programs
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.
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
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. 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.
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
For more information on income eligibility see the following:
Monthly Gross Income Eligibility Limit --2014
AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY AGENCY
August 20, 2014, your child must be 5 on or by July 31 to enter