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Paying for good child care can be a struggle. In fact, child care is probably
the second largest expense in your budget after rent or mortgage. The average
cost of child care in Hawaii is $640 per month. This cost can vary depending on
the age of the child, location, and type of care desired.
Think about what your family needs, and take a close look at your budget.
- Are there alternatives to paying for full-time child care?
- Is it possible to work fewer hours or share hours of child care if you are
in a two-parent household and working at different times?
- Could you share child care expenses with another family?
- Can you rely on several relatives or friends to help you with some of your
child care needs?
What should you do?
- Plan ahead. Start thinking about your child care options and their costs.
- Child care is a big expense, so make sure it is of high quality.
- Find out what kind of help may be available. Each type of child care
financial assistance has different qualifications, like income level or
employment status. Make sure you get all of the facts.
By planning ahead, getting the facts, and using all of the resources
available to help you, you are off to a good start in making the best choice for
Please contact your local PATCH office and we will refer you to the appropriate contact for information on child care subsidies supported by the State Department of Human Services. (Please note, PATCH does not administer the State child care subsidy program.)
Here is information on other resources for child care assistance:
Arbor Child Care Connections is a federal subsidy program helping families pay for child care services. For more information call an office in your area.In Honolulu (Hawaii Kai - Halawa) call 566-2600,or in Waipahu (Aiea - Wahiawa to Waialua; Waipahu - Makaha) call 356-5577.
Click here for Arbor Child Care Connections information.
Preschool Open Doors Program (POD) promotes school readiness by providing child care subsidies to eligible families for the year prior to kindergarten. For the 2015-16 school year, applications are accepted for children born August 1, 2010 - July 31, 2011, with priority given to those who are under-served or at-risk. Eligible families select the DHS-licensed group child care facility (i.e. preschool) of their choice. The Department of Human Services contracts with PATCH to run the program. To find out more about POD please visit the DHS website or Click here for our Preschool Open Doors web page.
For more information call our office on Oahu: 791-2130 and Neighbor Islands: 1-800-746-5620 (toll free) or contact your local PATCH office.Pauahi Keiki Scholars Program
children (3-4 yrs. old) of Native Hawaiian ancestry. Preschool program must be
approved by Kamehameha Schools. Applications accepted January through April of
each year. Contact: (808) 534-8080,
Web Site: Pauahi Keiki Scholars Program
Keiki o Ka ‘Aina HELP Childcare Subsidy Program:
Services for Native Hawaiian children.
Applications accepted year round. O'ahu & Neighbor Islands: (808) 845-3454.
Programs: Military members are eligible to receive a monthly subsidy to help offset child care costs. Eligibility may vary by military branch. To determine if you are eligible, contact Child Care Aware's NACCRRA Military Fee Assistance department toll-free at 1-800-424-2246 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some employers (or
colleges, if you are a student) provide child care scholarships, discounts, or
on-site child care at reduced rates.
Child Care Providers
Some child care providers
offer scholarships, discounts or a sliding fee scale.
Head Start and Early Head Start
federally funded programs that provide free child care and other services to
help meet the health and school readiness needs of eligible children. Most, but
not all, families who access Head Start or Early Head Start must have incomes
that meet federal poverty guidelines. Statewide contacts for Head Start programs
are listed below:
Child and Family Service, Inc
Services of West Hawaii
CDI (Community Development Institute) Head Start
Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc.
Support Service, Inc.
PACT Koolauloa Early Head Start
Hawaii Department of Health
Honolulu Community Action
Find out what
tax programs you might be eligible for to assist you with your child care needs.
Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
You may be
able to lower your taxes and even get up to several thousand dollars back if you
qualify for the EITC. To qualify you must be working full or part-time and make
less than a certain amount based upon family size. You don’t have to owe any
taxes to get the EITC.
Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit
have a child under 13 and owe federal income taxes, this tax credit can help
cover a portion or all of the taxes you owe if you qualify.
Dependent Care Assistance Programs
employer may offer this program which allows you to have money taken out of your
paycheck tax-free and put into a special account to be used for child care
tuition reimbursement. The main purpose of this type of program is to lower the
amount of taxes you have to pay during the year. However, you can’t claim any
money you put into this account for the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit
IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program helps
low-income workers complete their tax forms. For more information on VITA and
other tax related questions, call 1-800-829-1040.
To get more information call the State of Hawaii’s Dept. of
Taxation on Oahu: 587-4242, Kauai: 247-3456, Hawaii: 974-6321, Maui: 984-8500 or
the IRS at 1-800-829-3676 and request Form #596 Earned Income Credit and Form
#503 Child and Dependent Care Expenses, or ask your tax accountant. You can also
visit the IRS website at www.irs.gov
or the State of Hawaii’s Dept. of Taxation website