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Special Services for Military Families


How can PATCH help our military family?

  • Call PATCH if you are looking for child care and we will produce a FREE list of child care referrals to meet the specific needs of your family. 
  • For a fee, a PATCH Enhanced Referral will take an extra step to verify child care providers with suitable vacancies. This PATCH service takes out the hassle of you having to call around to see who has space. You will only receive child care referrals to those providers that have a ready space for your child. Helpful when you need child care urgently! For PATCH Enhanced Referral Assistance, contact your local PATCH office: Oahu phone 808.839.1988, email  Patch@Patch-Hi.org.
  • PATCH will conduct a follow-up with your family to ensure care has been found.
  • PATCH will let you know about special child care subsidy programs available only to military* families and whether you may be eligible. You may also contact Child Care Aware at 1-800-424-2246 or visit their website at: www.naccrra.org/military-families

Respite Care for Air Force & Navy Families Enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)

NACCRRA (National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies) and the Military Services are working together to provide free respite care services to families of active duty and activated Reserve Air Force and Navy families enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP).

  • Respite Care for EFMP Air Force Navy Families provides much needed respite - literally a break - for families who have exceptional family members.
  • The program provides 40 hours a month of free respite care per family (EFMs and their siblings) participating in the program to provide Service Members and their spouses with some time off.
  • The time respite care is provided can be spent in whatever way the family chooses.

For Respite Care Assistance, please contact Lani Julian at our Oahu office at (808) 791-2129. 

Further information pertaining to Air Force respite care can be found here: http://www.naccrra.org/military-families/air-force/air-force/us-air-force-exceptional-family-member-program-efmp-respite-ca

Further information pertaining to Navy EFMP respite care program can be found here: http://www.naccrra.org/navy/exceptional-family-member-program-efmp-respite-care

Further information on Respite care can be found at www.naccrra.org/military-families



For more information, contact:


Child Care Aware
 at 1-800-424-2246
or visit their website at: www.naccrra.org/military-families

or contact your local
PATCH office:
email: Patch@PatchHawaii.org
Oahu Telephone: (808) 839-1988

Please note that Enhanced Referral and Respite Care assistance is not available through our online referral system. Please call for information and Enhanced Referral or Respite Care assistance.
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