Application Period for Preschool Open Doors Deadline Extended to May 15, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                           

May 1, 2020

         Application Period for Preschool Open Doors Program Deadline Extended to May 15, 2020

Honolulu, HI – The Department of Human Services (DHS) is helping families better afford preschool for the 2020-2021 school year. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic emergency, DHS is extending the deadline to submit applications until May 15, 2020 for the Preschool Open Doors program. Director Pankaj Bhanot said, “During these challenging times, we will continue to serve our State with aloha. Together, we honor our commitment to supporting our collective community; individuals and families from keiki to kupuna.” Both the application period and funding are limited, so DHS encourages families to apply before May 15th.

To qualify for the program, children must be eligible to enter kindergarten in the 2021-2022 DOE school year (born between August 1, 2015 and July 31, 2016). If awarded a subsidy, families may use any one of the 426 state-licensed preschools. DHS also gives priority to underserved or at-risk children.

Interested families should request an application as soon as possible from the department’s POD contractor, PATCH, by visiting or calling 791-2130 or toll free 1-800-746-5620. The application is also available for download on the Department of Human Services website. PATCH can also help families locate a preschool convenient for them.

Applications must be received by Friday, May 15, 2020 to be considered during the July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021 program period. Applications should be dropped off, mailed, faxed, or emailed to the following:

560 N. Nimitz Hwy, Suite 218 , Honolulu, HI 96817
Fax: (808) 694-3066 / Email: [email protected]

Eligibility and priorities for POD program selection are detailed online in HAR §17-799, which is available online at For more information about other DHS programs and services, visit

Media Contact:
Amanda Stevens, Public Information Officer
email [email protected]
phone (808) 586-4892.