|The Preschool Open Doors (POD) program is accepting applications from families in need of preschool tuition assistance. Applications for the second half of the 2016-2017 POD year are being accepted now through October 31, 2016. Applications must be received by October 31, 2016 at the Oahu POD office at 560 North Nimitz Highway, Suite 218, Honolulu, HI, 96817 or via fax (808) 694-3066 to be considered.
The POD program is operated by People Attentive To Children (PATCH) on behalf of the State of Hawaii Department of Human Services (DHS). POD helps qualifying low- and moderate-income families send their children to preschool by providing child care subsidies to the family. Priority is given to children with special needs or at-risk factors. Household size and monthly gross income also are used to determine priority enrollments. The 2016 Legislature set aside $10 million for POD subsidies, so eligible families are encouraged to apply.
Families with children born between August 1, 2011 and July 31, 2012 may apply for January 1, 2017 through June 30, 2017 POD services.
Applications are available for download from the PATCH website: www.patchhawaii.org
You can also call (808) 791-2130 on Oahu, or Toll-Free from Neighbor Islands 1-800-746-5620 to request an application by mail.
PATCH is a Hawaii nonprofit whose mission is to support and improve the quality and availability of care for the young people of Hawaii.