Open Enrollment for Pre-School Open Doors (POD) Begins in October

Posted on Sep 25, 2014 in NEWS

Throughout the month of October, the Department of Human Services (DHS) will be accepting applications for its second 2014-2015 Preschool Open Doors (POD) program. Applications received between Oct.1 and Oct. 31, 2014 will be considered for POD participation from Jan. 1 through June 30, 2015.

POD is a DHS statewide child care program that provides subsidies to eligible low- and moderate-income families to pay tuition at any of the State’s licensed 428 preschools. The POD subsidy provides children whose families might otherwise not be able to afford preschool the opportunity to gain essential skills to be successful in school and in life.The DHS and the Governor’s Executive Office on Early Learning collaborate on the POD program.

Effective August 2014, a child must be five years old on or before July 31 to enter kindergarten. Underserved or at-risk children born between Aug. 1 and Dec. 31, 2009 will receive priority consideration for the 2014-2015 POD program.

Interested families may request an application beginning Oct. 1, 2014 from the DHS’ POD contractor, PATCH. On Oahu call 791-2130. Neighbor Islands call: 1-800-746-5620 (toll-free). Applications may be downloaded from the PATCH website Applications must be received on or before Oct. 31, 2014 to be considered for the Jan. 1 through June 30, 2015 POD program. Please mail completed POD applications to:

560 North Nimitz Highway, Suite 218
Honolulu, HI 96817

Families also can contact PATCH to locate a preschool close to home. During the last POD open enrollment period, PATCH received 1,796 applications.   A total of 1,087 students were approved and placed. The average family subsidy was $544 per month.

Eligibility and priorities for POD program selection are detailed in HAR §17-799 posted on the DHS website at   For more information about other DHS programs and services, visit

Media Contact:
Kayla Rosenfeld, Public Information Officer
586-4892; [email protected]