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Applications for Preschool Open Doors Program Open Through March 31

January 7, 2021, 9:28 AM HST
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Applications are open through March 31, 2021 for the Department of Human Service’s Preschool Open Doors program. Maui Now file photo.

The Department of Human Services is assisting eligible families to better-afford preschool for the 2021-2022 school year through its Preschool Open Doors (POD) program.

Applications for this program, which provides subsidies to eligible low-income and moderate-income families to help pay preschool tuition, are open through March 31, 2021. Funds are limited, so apply early.

To qualify for the program, children must be eligible to enter kindergarten in the 2022-2023 school year (born between Aug. 1, 2016 and July 31, 2017). If awarded a subsidy, families may use the funds at any of the 409 state-licensed preschools. The Department of Human Services prioritizes underserved or at-risk children.

Preschool and other early learning opportunities help children gain essential skills, be prepared for school and chart a course for lifelong success.

Interested families may access the application from the program’s contractor, PATCH, by visiting patchhawaii.org or calling 808-791-2130 or toll free 1-800-746-5620. PATCH can also help families locate a preschool convenient for them. 

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Applications must be received by end of business day on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 for consideration during the July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022 program period. 

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Applications may be dropped off, mailed, faxed or emailed to the following: PATCH – POD, 560 N. Nimitz Hwy, Suite 218, Honolulu, HI 96817. Fax: 808-694-3066. Email: [email protected].

Eligibility and priorities for Preschool Open Doors program selection are detailed online in HAR §17-799, which is available online at humanservices.hawaii.gov/admin-rules-2/admin-rules-for-programs.

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