Child Care Provider Referrals

Child Care Subsidy Information

People Attentive to Children (PATCH)

PATCH is Hawaiʻi’s most comprehensive statewide childcare resource and referral agency offering Steps to Choosing Quality Child Care, Licensing and Accreditation for Providers, Child Care Options, Locating and Choosing Childcare, Preparing Your Child, and other Resource links. You can also check out PATCH’s website for more ideas on paying for childcare. Patch can be reached at (808) 839-1988. Visit the website at

To apply you will need:

  • Your name
  • Mailing address
  • Child’s name
  • Child’s birthday
  • Desired area of childcare

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.

Provider Selection

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.

Click on the following link to access Online Child Care Referrals through PATCH. Only licensed child care providers, who meet State training requirements are referred. For a more comprehensive list of providers or if you need a more specialized search, contact your local PATCH office.

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

Two programs provide Early Head Start and Head Start on Oʻahu, HCAP and PACT.

Early Head Start (for children ages 0- 2) and Head Start (for children ages 3-5 living within the Kalihi area), are federally funded programs, providing FREE and low cost childcare services, early childhood education and related comprehensive .
Click on the link to download a PACT Application.

Head Start (for children ages 3-5) is also a federally funded program, providing FREE, childcare to pre-school age children from low-income families. There are 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. Click onthe link to apply online or download an HCAP Application.

Full-day (Hours 8am to 4pm) and half-day (8am to 12pm) childcare program options are available. If you qualify for the free half-day program, you are eligible to pay $450.00 per month for full-day childcare. *State and private tuition subsidies are available for eligible families. Child Care Connection may pay the $450.00 or a portion of it.

Apply Early to both HCAP and PACT Early Head Start programs! HCAP applications are accepted all year round, however it is recommended that applications be submitted in Early Spring for Fall enrollment. Applicants are accepted as early as January. Enrollment begins in May for fall placements. Applications need to be submitted by August 1st in order to enroll in current school year. In order to stay in the program you must re-apply every year.

To apply you will need:

  • Income Verification (pay stubs for past 12 months, tax returns etc.)
  • Copy of Child’s Birth Certificate
  • Adult TB clearance
  • Child TB Clearance
  • Copy of Child’s medical insurance card

Pre Natal parents are welcome. Childcare subsidies are available but there is a wait list. To learn more about subsidy requirements for full or half-day enrollment please contact the PACT EHS/HS office at (808) 842-5996 or (808) 676-2790 and HCAP Oʻahu Head Start office at (808) 847-2400.

Child Care Centers and Preschools Around UH Mānoa

UH Mānoa Children's Center

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.

UH Mānoa Children’s Center
Mānoa Valley Church Preschool
Montessori Community Preschool
7:30am-5: 30pm
St. Clement’s School
KCAA-Mother Rice Preschool
Olivet Baptist Preschool
Honolulu Christian Preschool
7:00am-5: 30pm
Maryknoll Preschool
Playmate Daycare Preschool
Central Union Preschool
7:00am-5: 30pm
The Early School
7:00am-5: 30pm
University Avenue Baptist Preschool
7:00am-5: 30pm
L. Robert Allen Montessori Center- Chaminade
Alewa Heights Preschool - Kamaaina Kids (Openings available often)
6 wks. - 5

Infants Only:

Keki O Ka `Aina Preschool
Moililil Honganji Preschool


Wesley United Methodist
6 mo - 4
Happy Keiki Preschool
6 wks. - 5

Child Care at Community Colleges

Kapiolani: Alani Children’s Center
4303 Diamond Head Road, Ilima 103, Honolulu, 96816
Honolulu: Children’s Center

845-9466 (please call for more information)

  3 mo. & older
Leeward: Child Care Center
455-0488 (Fall/Spring)
845-9466 (Summer)
Hawaiʻi C.C.: Child Care Center
808-974-7611 (please call for more information)
Maui C.C.
808-984-3500 (please call for more information)

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.

Waikiki Community Center houses a licensed early education center. The center is located at 310 Paoakalani Avenue in the heart of Waikiki. For more information contact Pamela Seelig, Early Education Center Director at (808) 922-2098 or email at Details about admission criteria and process, fee structure and their program can be found on the website.

Financial Assistance For Child Care

Child Care Connection
This program helps low-income families pay for child-care services for children, ages newborn to 13 years old (click here to check your income eligibility & sliding scale subsidies). Applications are accepted year round; awards are based on family size, income and work or school activity. The application process takes approximately 30 days.

Child Care Connection Subsidies Siiding Scale (click here)
This pdf Chart indicates Family Co-Pay. Co-Payment is a % of Familyʻs monthly income. Check this pdf for DHS Reimbursement rates based on type of care (e.g. licensed Infant/toddler care). SPAM can assist with an ESTIMATE of DHS/your co-pay based on Tuition, Family Income and Type of Care .Families pay an fee difference exeeding the maximum reimbursement rate.

To Apply
Download the application. Child Care Connection is accessed through Child Care Connection Offices.

To fill out the application, you will need:

  • Your resident address
  • Child's birth certificate
  • Parent and child’s social security numbers
  • Past two months pay stubs OR school registration & schedule of classes

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 Offices:

Honolulu Unit (Hawaiʻi Kai to Halawa)
49 S. Hotel Street, Suite 301, Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 566-2600 Fax: (808) 537-2416 eMail:

Waipahu Unit (Aiea thru Wahiawa to Waialua; Waipahu thru Makaha)
94-216 Farrington Hwy, Suite B2-206, Box 323, Waipahu, HI 96797
Phone: (808) 356-5575 Fax: (808) 676-4912 eMail:

Child Care Connection Subsidy Eligibility

The CCCH program is available to a wide range of families and students are eligible. However, for 2-parent households, CCCH pays only for those hours of care when BOTH parents are working or in school. Find your family size, then across to gross monthly income (before taxes) to estimate your co-payment (as % of monthly income). Subsidies are graduated and lower income families recieve larger subsidies. The following table provides a break down of the current income limits by family size. To view the subsidy payments schedule for different types of child care, click here. (effective 2020)

Preschool Open Doors (POD)
POD is a program that helps families pay preschool costs for one year. 1st priority given to 4-year-olds from "Special Populations," eg. homeless and/or have Limited English Proficiency (LEP), and/or developmental delays and/or children with physical or mental impairments who are NOT enrolled by the DOE for preschool. 2nd priority given to all 4-year-olds and some 3-year-olds form special populations if funding is still available. Age of child must be 4-years-old by December 31st. Open enrollment is each year from March 1st through April 30th for the upcoming school year. To request an application contact your local PATCH office or POD office at (808) 791-2130 (Oahu); Toll free (800) 746-5620 (neighbor islands).

The Native Hawaiian Child Care Assistance Project
The project, supported by Alu Like, Inc., assists with the cost of childcare for Native Hawaiian children. Gross family income determines the amount of assistance you may receive. Call (808) 535-1300 to find out if you meet the eligibility for participation. Enrollment: Statewide, there are limited funds available.

Pauahi Keiki Scholars Program
This scholarship program services for children (3-4 yrs. old) of Native Hawaiian ancestry. Preschool program must be approved by Kamehameha Schools. Application deadline is February of each year. Contact: (808) 534-8080


  1. APPLY EARLY - If you plan to enroll your child in the Fall semester, call the child center well ahead of time, maybe in January. There may be waiting lists or no seats available if you wait till the last minute.
  2. PART DAY, PART WEEK - Ask the provider if there are options for the types of day care. Having your child enrolled for part of the day or week may be more cost effective and may fit your schedule better.
  3. TAKE YOUR CHILD TO THE INTERVIEW - When you go on a tour of the day care center, bring your child. Observe your child’s actions. If they are comfortable there, then they probably like it.

Other Resources:

Lactation Spaces on Campus
Student parents returning to school and needing a clean and comfortable space to express milk are welcome to use the designated lactation spaces on campus, located at:

  • Gartley Hall Lactorium (GH 201) - to reserve a space call 956-7182 or email:
  • Hamilton Library Lactation Space (HL 313). Click here for more information or to reserve the space. The space can be booked in 30 min. increments up to 60 min.
  • Women's Center Lactation Space (QLCSS #205). For more information, please call the Women's Center at 956-8059 or email to coordinate use of the Lactation room in the student services building.