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Honolulu, HI – The Department of Human Services (DHS) has opened an application period for its Preschool Open Doors (POD) program-2018-2019 POD school year, and encourages families to apply between May 1, 2018 and May 31, 2018. Applications received during this period will be considered for preschool participation during July 1, 2018 and June 30, ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 20, 2018 Kailua-Kona, HI – The Department of Human Services (DHS) has temporarily closed its North Kona Benefit, Employment and Support Services Division Processing Center. This office processes applications for financial assistance and SNAP. It also houses First-to-Work and Child Care Licensing offices. First-to-Work is currently at the Goodwill First-to-Work office, ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Līhuʻe, HI – Some of the Department of Human Services (DHS) Kauaʻi offices will get a new home next week. Offices for the Benefit, Employment and Support Services Divisions will soon be located in one place at the former Līhuʻe Courthouse Building on Umi St. In anticipation of this move, the department ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 15, 2018 Honolulu, HI – The Department of Human Services reminds families that they still have two weeks left to apply for its Preschool Open Doors (POD) program. The current open application period closes on Thursday, March 29, 2018.  Applications received during this period will be considered for preschool participation during ...
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Honolulu, HI – Two child care providers are celebrating a unique and prestigious honor: Helen McComber and Pegeen Echavaria are the first two home-based child care providers in Hawai‘i to achieve national accreditation. The Department of Human Services (DHS) and Windward Community College’s Learning to Grow Project come together to provide funding and technical assistance ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 2, 2018 Open Application Period Begins for Preschool Open Doors Program Honolulu, HI – The Department of Human Services encourages families to apply for its Preschool Open Doors (POD) program, which is currently open until Thursday, March 29, 2018.  Applications received during this period will be considered for preschool participation during ...
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Hello Hilo!

Posted on Jun 28, 2017 in Main, News

On Friday, June 16, Director Pankaj Bhanot spent the day on the east side of Hawai‘i Island in Hilo town. His morning began with a meeting at the Hilo Child Welfare Services (CWS) Branch. Dir. Bhanot wanted to pay a special visit to the office to share his support for the staff. He was joined ...
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Jump on the Training Train

Posted on Jun 28, 2017 in Main, News

Department of Human Services leadership believes wholeheartedly that our department only succeeds when we strive to continuously improve. The Personnel Office is one of our keys to continuous improvement. Throughout the year, the Personnel Office offers trainings that DHS employees are encouraged to participate in. From trainings on bloodborne pathogens to verbal de-escalation, Personnel Training ...
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Gov. Ige Supports CWS

Posted on Jun 28, 2017 in Main, News

Gov. David Ige and his Chief of Staff Mike McCartney joined Department of Human Services (DHS) Director Pankaj Bhanot in a lively and candid discussion with Child Welfare Services (CWS) staff. Given recent media attention on the Social Services Division, the governor wished to meet with CWS staff to express his support and appreciation for ...
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