For essential workers needing child care, a list of programs is now available.
PATCH, the state’s designated Child Care Resource and Referral Agency, worked with licensed and registered providers to determine who is still operating and providing care for keiki of essential workers.
“According to the Yale School of Medicine, 65,038 children of essential workers birth to age 11 need care in Hawai’i,” said Carol Wear, Associate Director of PATCH. “We are getting many calls for child care and understand the urgency in getting this information out to anyone who needs it as quickly as possible.”
To access the list of available locations click here. The list is being updated on a regular basis. It contains contact information, ages the program accepts–ranging from newborns to age 13, and is accessible to anyone who needs it. Parents can call PATCH’s referral lines for further assistance and information on accessing child care subsidies to help pay for tuition.
If licensed or registered providers are willing to provide care for keiki of essential workers, they can contact PATCH to be placed on the list.
Oahu – 808-839-1988
Maui – 808-242-9232
Kauai – 808-246-0622
Hilo – 808-931-3169
Kona – 808-322-3500
KITV Web Staff/KITV4 Island News