HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A state program aiming to help low- and moderate-income families send their children to a licensed preschool is opening its doors to new applicants.
The Preschool Open Doors program, a childcare subsidy program run by the state Department of Human Services, will be accepting applications between March 1 and April 30 for participation for its next session running from July 1, 2014 through June 20, 2015.
In collaboration with the state Executive Office on Early Learning, the goal of POD is to promote school readiness and help children develop a lifelong love for learning, according to the DHS.
EOEL -- signed into law by Gov. Neil Abercrombie in June 2012 -- seeks to help Hawaii's children, prenatal to age 5, by working to connect policies, programs and funding relating to the health, safety and early childhood education.
A child must be 5 years old on or before July 31 to enter kindergarten, effective in August. Families affected by the new entry age as well as those with children who will be enrolling in kindergarten during the 2015 through 2016 school year are encouraged to apply for POD. Underserved or at-risk children born between Aug. 1 and Dec. 31, 2009 will receive priority consideration for the 2014 to 2015 school year.
To apply for POD, click go to www.patchhawaii.org and send completed applications to:
PATCH - POD
560 North Nimitz Highway, Suite 218
Honolulu, HI 96817