Informational Resources

Child Care

Locating Child Care

PATCH is Hawai‘i’s statewide child care resource and referral agency.  PATCH helps parents take the guesswork out of choosing child care by providing referrals to local child care providers, information about state licensing requirements, availability of child care subsidies, and other important child care information. PATCH can also help you become a family child care provider. If you love working with young children and want to put your creative, nurturing, and organizational skills to work, consider becoming a family child care provider.

Referral specialists are available to help with your questions and concerns such as:

  • Assistance in locating child care providers in an area that meets your family’s needs.
  • Supplying you with a provider profile, which includes information on hours of operation, ages served, and programs. (Provider profiles are only referrals; PATCH does not rate or recommend any child care programs as the State of Hawai‘i regulates child care providers. Referrals are not based on current vacancies providers might have.)
  • Information about quality child care
  • A checklist to assist you while visiting child care programs
  • Helping your family locate potential child care subsidies

To find a child care provider near you, contact your local PATCH office or click here to receive an online child care referral now.

Paying for Child Care

Local Child Care Subsidy Programs

Alu Like Native Hawai‘i an Child Care Assistance Project
ALU LIKE, Inc. has a comprehensive range of services and activities to fill identified needs in the Native Hawaiian community, including: community economic development, business assistance, employment preparation, training, library services, and educational and child care services for families with young children. For more information on the Alu Like Ho‘okahua Program click here.


Arbor Child Care Connections, or Child Care Connection Hawaii (CCCH)

CCCH is a federal subsidy program helping families pay for child care services that uses a sliding fee scale for families meeting the income eligibility requirements. The subsidy amount varies based on the family’s gross monthly income, family size, type and cost of care, and, for CCCH only, the hours of the caretaker’s work activity. CCCH program also provides families with: guidance in selecting a child care provider; information about quality child care programs; and referrals to community resources for help with other concerns.

For families with children under the age of 13 years, the CCCH program provides subsidies to help pay for a variety of legal child care settings including: care provided in the child’s home, care by relatives or friends in their home, before and after school programs, and preschools.  All child care providers, even if they are not licensed by DHS, need to have child abuse/neglect, adult perpetrator, and criminal history background checks completed in order to receive a DHS child care subsidy payment.  This is to help ensure that the child is in a safe setting. Parents will receive detailed information about these requirements during the application process.

For more information, click here.


DHS Child Care Assistance Program (CAP)
Families affected by decreases in DHS subsidies may qualify for emergency financial assistance payments for their child care.

CAP Assistance can only be provided to parents who have:

  1. Received a “990″ or “Notice of Adverse Action” from DHS to reduce their child care subsidy; and
  2. Have a child enrolled with a licensed child care provider.  The CAP can provide payments for a maximum of four months.

All payments are made to the child care provider. To receive CAP assistance, a parent must complete an application and attend a financial literacy workshop within 30 days after the first payment has been approved.

For applications and assistance with CAP, contact:

OAHU: The Salvation Army or Helping Hands Hawai‘i 

BIG ISLAND: Office for Social Ministry

KAUAI: Alu Like

MAUI: Maui Family Support Services

Head Start and Early Head Start
Head Start and Early Head Start are federally funded programs that provide free child care and other services to help meet the health and school readiness needs of eligible children. Most families who access Head Start or Early Head Start must have incomes that meet federal poverty guidelines. Statewide contacts for Head Start programs are listed below:

Kauai: Child and Family Service, Inc.

Hawai‘i : Family Support Services of West Hawai‘i  or CDI (Community Development Institute) Head Start

Maui: Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. or Family Support Service, Inc.

Oahu: PACT Koolauloa Early Head Start, Parents and Children Together or Honolulu Community Action Program, Inc.

Maui County Subsidy
These services support lower-income families on Maui to access child care for young children. Families must be working or attending school. Applications are accepted year-round.
Phone: (808) 242-1608


Pauahi Keiki Scholars Program
The Kamehameha Schools’ Pauahi Keiki Scholars (PKS) preschool scholarship program provides need-based scholarships for students to attend non-KS preschools in Hawai‘i. Preschool children over the age of 3 years who are attending or enrolling in participating PKS preschools may apply for PKS scholarships. Award priority is given to keiki closest to kindergarten entry. Previously awarded students must reapply for funds each year. Hawai‘i residency at the time of application submission is required. To view a list of participating preschools, please click here

For more information, visit the Kamehameha Schools Website or call (808) 534-8080.


Preschool Open Doors Program (POD)
Preschool Open Doors Program (POD) is a statewide early education and care project funded by the State of Hawai‘i. POD allows three and four- year-old children go to preschool by helping families pay for preschool costs. For more information call the POD Program in your area or contact your local PATCH office.