Preschool applications being accepted

The state Department of Human Services has opened an additional application period for its Preschool Open Doors program, and encourages families to apply though Oct. 31.

Applications received during this period will be considered for preschool participation between Jan. 1, 2018, and June 30, 2018.

This program, which serves more than 1,400 children statewide, provides child care subsidies to eligible low- and moderate-income families to pay preschool tuition.

POD aims to provide 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.

To qualify for the program, children must be eligible to enter kindergarten in the 2018-2019 school year (born between Aug. 1, 2012 and July 31, 2013). Families are reminded that a child must be 5 years old on or before July 31 to enter kindergarten.

Families may choose any one of the 426 state-licensed preschools. Underserved or at-risk children receive priority consideration for the POD program, and funds are limited.

Interested families may request an application from the department’s POD contractor, PATCH, by visiting patchhawaii.org or calling 791-2130 or toll free 1-800-746-5620.

PATCH can also help families locate a preschool convenient for them.

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