Child Care Provider Referrals
PATCH will then mail you a childcare referral list with information about each provider and an explanation of the different types of childcare. Learn more about PATCH’s online description of childcare options here.
It is best to call each provider, set up an interview, visit and observe. These websites will provide you with questions you should ask prospective providers. Locate and Choose Child Care from PATCH.
Safety Checklists for Choosing Child Care
AWARENESS is a must. Learn what to ask and what to look to for in order to select a qualified provider. There are two checklists to choose from. Pick the one that’s right for you. Take the checklists with you on visits. Visit Check Child Care Aware and the UH Center on the Family for more information.
Child Care Providers
HCAP and PACT
Head Start (3-5) is also a federally funded program, providing FREE, childcare to pre-school age children from low-income families.
Over 80 Head Start sites can be found island wide in elementary schools, high schools, churches and community parks. All childcare providers are military-certified or state-licensed.
Head Start accepts applications all year long. Every January they accept children ages 3 to 5 year old. In order to stay in the program you must re-apply every year. Application can be downloaded from the Internet. Child Care Connection can pay the $380.00.
To apply you will need:
Apply Early to both HCAP and PACT Early Head Start programs!
Child Care Centers and Preschools Around UH Mānoa
The UH Mānoa Children’s Center provides early childhood education for children 2-5 years old. The Children’s Center is licensed and NAECP accredited. They are Child Care Connection eligible providers. For more information visit their website, or contact (808) 956-7963. To download and application from their website, scroll down to the "How to Apply" section.
Child Care at Community Colleges
Other Child Care
Kamaʻaina Kids has many locations around the island. Contact for locations, hours, ages, tuition and more.
A+ Program is a child care program after school. You can call 737-5544 for more information on the A+ program.
Outer Island Early Head Start/Head Start
Learn more about Child and Family Services Kauai. Click on program and then click on services by island to find information specific about Kauai.
Head Start is an age and income-qualifying program. To learn more about program requirements call Maui Economic Opportunity (MEO) office (808) 249-2988 for an application and further information. Office is open from 7:15 am to 4:00 pm on weekdays.
Call Maui Head Start pre-school at (808) 242-1057 for more information. During the semester the pre-school is open from 7:50 am to 3:20 pm on weekdays.
Visit the website to learn more about Maui Head Start.
Child Care Connection
Child Care Connection Payment Estimator (click here)
To fill out the appliation, you will need:
Once your application is complete, send it to the Child Care Connection Office nearest to your home. You can also visit any Child Care Connection Office and pick up an application.
Child Care Connection Subsidy Eligibility
To view the subsidy payments schedule for different types of child care, click here. (effective 02/10)
Preschool Open Doors (POD)
The Native Hawaiian Child Care Assistance Project
Pauahi Keiki Scholars Program