Preschool program accepts applications for tuition assistance

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Hawaii parents pay some of the highest tuitions in the nation when it comes to preschool.

But there’s a program out there that can help pay some of the bill.

The Preschool Open Doors (POD) program is now accepting applications from families in need of tuition assistance. It aims to help low and moderate-income families, with priority given to children with special needs or may be considered at-risk.

Your child has to be born between August 1, 2011 and July 31, 2012 to be eligible for the program. Household size and monthly gross income also are used to determine priority enrollments.

Applications for the second half of the 2016-2017 POD year will be accepted between September 19 and October 31.

Applications must be received by October 31 at the Oahu POD office at 560 North Nimitz Highway, Suite 218, Honolulu, HI, 96817 or via fax (808) 694-3066 to be considered.

Applications are available for download in English from You can also call (808) 791-2130 on Oahu, or toll-free from Neighbor Islands at 1-800-746-5620 to request an application by mail.

The POD program is operated by People Attentive To Children (PATCH) on behalf of the state Department of Human Services.

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