Hawaii parents encouraged to seek preschool aid

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii officials are encouraging parents to apply for preschool subsidies, even if they don't think they'll qualify.

A change in the age children can enter kindergarten has some parents worried about paying for an extra year of preschool.

Next school year, students must be 5 on July 31 to enter kindergarten the same year. Previously, children could enter kindergarten if they turned 5 by December 31.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser (http://ow.ly/riOp6 ) reported Friday officials say data from parents who apply for a slice of $6 million in preschool subsidies can help lawmakers make future funding decisions.

State officials and early education advocacy groups are looking at ways to make preschool more affordable in a state where the average cost to attend an accredited preschool is more than $800 a month.

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