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Preschool Open Doors

Thank you to those who applied in September and October, 2016 for Preschool Open Doors Program


Eligible families will be notified in writing of the status of their child's Preschool Open Doors Subsidy award in the first week of December, 2016.

For additional information, please contact us at 791-2130 (Oahu) or 1-800-746-5620 (toll-free for neighbor islands).

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.

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.

For the 2016-17 school year, priority will be children born August 1, 2011-July 31, 2012 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.

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 or the cost of care if lower.

For more information on income eligibility see the following:

Monthly Gross Income Eligibility Limit

Family Size       
Income Eligibility

For public notice of Fall 2016 Application Period please click here.

Preschool Open Doors (POD) Contact Information


791-2130 (Oahu) 

1-800-746-5620 (Neighbor Islands)

Or call your local PATCH office.

Mailing Address:

560 North Nimitz Highway
Suite 218
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.

IMPORTANT:K entry poster 8x11 101513fStarting August 20, 2014, your child must be 5 on or by July 31 to enter kindergarten. Click here for English flyer.

Click here for flyer in multiple foreign languages.

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