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Preschool Open Doors (POD) program
Accepting Applications for 2015-16 School Year

MARCH 1 - APRIL 30, 2015

Applications accepted for children born August 1, 2010 through July 31, 2011.

POD provides monthly preschool tuition subsidies to qualified families. This application period is for children applying for programs from July, 2015-June 2016. Income eligibility limits apply--please scroll down for income limits and other information.To download a POD Application click below:


To 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.

*Application deadline is April 30, 2015 to be considered for the 2015-16 school year. Applications must be received at our office in Oahu on or by April 30, 2015. Late applications will be deemed ineligible and only current year applications received by this date will be considered.

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 in collaboration with the Executive Office on Early Learning.

For the 2014-15 school year, priority will be children born August 1 - December 31, 2009 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.

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.

For more information on income eligibility see the following:

Monthly Gross Income Eligibility Limit --2014

Family Size       
Income Eligibility


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

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For more information, please visit

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.


GREAT NEWS! All eligible completed applicants for the recent Open Enrollment will get a slot for the January-June 2015 preschool year. That's an additional 280 kids attending preschool this year.