Last updated April 24, 2020

Kamaʻaina Kids Emergency Child Care

Kamaʻaina Kids is opening up seven preschool sites on Oʻahu, Maui and Hilo to children (grades K through 5) of essential employees who do not have access to child care. Limited space is available.

Online registration open only for Oʻahu sites.

  • Aikahi Preschool
  • Ewa Preschool
  • King St. Preschool
  • Mililani Tech Park Preschool
  • St. Timothy’s Preschool

Kahului Preschool: Contact Alyson at to register

Hilo Woman’s Club: Call 808-315-0842 to register

PATCH-Hawaii Statewide Essential Childcare List

PATCH has compiled a list of available programs for essential workers of the COVID-19 outbreak who are in need of childcare. This list is updated regularly and includes the provider as well as their type, availability, location, and contact information and age range being accepted. A list for each of the state’s counties are provided.

YMCA Essential Workers Child Care Program

Three YMCA locations: Leeward, Nuʻuanu and Windward branches, will be providing childcare for essential workers. The service is open to children of those who work in healthcare services and facilities, stores that sell groceries and medicine, educational institutions, charitable or social services, hardware and supply stores, restaurants with take-out service, transportation, residential facilities and shelters, and construction. For more information on their Essential Workers Child Care Program, visit the YMCA website.

Child Care Connections Hawaiʻi (CCCH) – Rescare

CCCH helps low-income families to sustain their employment, educational efforts and job training by paying a subsidy for their children who are in the care of DHS approved child care providers. Child care subsidy is for children under 13 years, or between 13 to 18 years if the child cannot do self-care and resides with their parent(s) or caretakers.

Preschool Open Doors (POD)

Promotes school readiness by providing childcare subsidies to eligible families for the year prior to kindergarten. Eligible for children born between August 1, 2015 and July 31, 2016. Depending on your child’s preschool start date, POD assistance may cover enrollment from July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021. Application period closes 04/30/20. Completed applications can be submitted by mail/fax/email.  The application is available online.

Last modified: April 24, 2020