Preschool Open Doors

The Preschool Open Doors (POD) program is now accepting applications for 2018-2019 year. Click here to download a PDF application.

Preschool Open Doors 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.

Preschool Open Doors (POD) 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.

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The Department of Human Services (DHS) announced we will be accepting applications for the Preschool Open Doors (POD) program starting May 1 through the closing date of May 31, 2018.  Applications received during this period are for program participation July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.

Families whose children’s birthdays are from August 1, 2013 through July 31, 2014 are encouraged to apply. The POD program provides preschool tuition assistance to eligible families so that their child is able to receive up to a year of preschool experience prior to their entry into kindergarten.  Families may choose any DHS licensed preschool. Funding for POD is limited, and priority is given to the most needy or at-risk children.

Interested families may request an application beginning May 1, 2018 from PATCH, through our website, or by calling:


Oahu: 791-2130 or Neighbor Islands: 1-800-746-5620 (toll-free).

Applications must be received at the Oahu PATCH office by May 31, 2018 in order to be considered for the July 2018-June 2019 POD program year.

Mail to:
560 North Nimitz Highway, Suite 218
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817
Fax: 808-694-3066 OR Email:

For additional information about the POD program, please contact PATCH at 791-2130 or Neighbor Islands call Toll Free at 1-800-746-5620.

Monthly Gross Income Eligibility Limit

2 $3,718
3 $4,680
4 $5,643
5 $6,605
6 $7,568
7 $8,530
8 $9,493
9 $10,456
10 $11,419
11 $12,382

PATCH – Preschool Open Doors
560 North Nimitz Highway, Suite 218
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817

Fax: 808.694.3066

For Additional Information, Please Contact Us at
808.791.2130 (Oahu) or 1.800.746.5620 (Toll-Free for Neighbor Islands).