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Preschool Open Doors (POD) program
Accepting Applications for 2015-16 School Year
OCTOBER 1 - OCTOBER 31, 2015
Applications accepted for children born August 1, 2010 through July 31, 2011.
provides monthly preschool tuition subsidies to qualified families.
This October enrollment period is for children enrolling in programs
from January-June 2016. Income eligibility limits apply--please scroll
income limits and other information.To download a POD Application click below:
2015 Preschool Open Doors Application PDF
2015 Preschool Open Doors App. for Double-Sided Print
request an application or for information you may contact your local
PATCH office or the Preschool Open Doors office in Honolulu. See contact information at right.Applications must be received in the Oahu office by the application deadline of October 31, 2015 to be considered for the January 1, 2015-June 30, 2016 program participation periods, so apply early.
Notice of Preschool Open Doors (POD) program
Application Period: October 1-October 31, 2015
The Department of Human Services (DHS) today announced that we will be
accepting applications for the Preschool Open Doors program starting
October 1, 2015 through October 31, 2015.
Applications received in this period are for consideration for POD program participation for January 1, 2016-June 30, 2016.
affected by the change to the kindergarten entry age for the school
year 2015-16 and with children who will be enrolling in kindergarten for
the school year 2016-17 are encouraged to apply. The POD program
provides child care payments to eligible families so their child is able
to receive a preschool experience prior to their entry
into kindergarten. Funding for POD is limited, priority for program
selection is 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 Interested families may request an application from PATCH's Preschool Open Doors program by calling:
Neighbor Islands: 1-800-746-5620 (toll-free)
must be received
at the Oahu office by October 31, 2015 to be considered for the January
1-June 30, 2016 program term at the POD office at:
PATCH -- Preschool Open Doors
560 North Nimitz Highway, Suite 218
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817.
Applicants are encouraged to apply early to ensure the October 31, 2015 deadline is met.
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.
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 2015-16 school year,
priority will be children born August 1 - December 31, 2010 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
|Family Size ||Income Eligibility|
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