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June 7, 2012

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June 7, 2012

PATCH is a small nonprofit that continually accomplishes big things in Hawaii! Their biggest asset is their people, who genuinely care about supporting child care providers to be the best they can be, and ensuring our keiki receive quality care and attention. Thank you PATCH for all that you do!

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

April 28, 2011

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April 28, 2011

Well I had just had my daughter and in just 3 months i alredy had to return to work. Being a single parent here with no family in the same city as me, I was faced with the delima of placing my new born in (I had no idea where to start) a strangers arms to take care of daily. It literally bought tears to my eyes as i felt so hopeless as to what would happen next. After seeking help in the community to find the appropriate resources I was directed to the PATCH office in wainaku. I immediatly felt the load lifted as I wus sitting there being assured that ALL Child Care Providers are licenced by PATCH have gone through the health education & Training process. Then wen she printed out a list of providers for me to call & interview, I wuz blown away by the pages & pages of Providers to choose from. Going to that office that day had changed my perspective of my situation completly. I had hope again, I was restored with the faith that I could find safe, resonable, affordable child care. I dont know what I would have dont were it not for PATCH to be there. I also inquire about the courses needed to take to be a licensed child care provider myself, for that has always been a passion for me.

Sincerely, I. K. Derouin

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization & with a grateful heart hope that they will continue to be around for future single moms like my self.

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i cannot think of any changes at this time, My daughter will be four this july so it had been awhile since i have spoke with PATCH office.

April 28, 2011

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April 28, 2011

PATCH has been an asset to our preschool program in offering free or low cost workshops/classes to our families. The resources given to us through PATCH allow us to educate our families and ultimately benefit the little ones we serve.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

PATCH training classes- not only hosting them at our program but also teaching the classes to the families and other staff members.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand their resources so that more families can be served through their workshops and classes.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Quite well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

They work hand in hand with other non-profits to make changes for early childhood education in the state of Hawaii.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

April 28, 2011

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April 28, 2011

I am a single working Mom. My daughter was only 1 year old and I just got a full time job. I was terrified about how I would make a living to support the two of us, and be a good mother, and find and afford childcare. In addition I had just moved to Hawaii and had no friends or community knowledge. Thank God for PATCH. I called this organization multiple times, often in tears, and they always took the time to give me the answers, knowledge and references I needed. Every program I have worked with involving any type of child care connection or information was introduced to me through PATCH. Thank you PATCH.

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I called this organization multiple times, often in tears, and they always took the time to give me the answers, knowledge and references I needed. Every program I have worked with involving any type of child care connection or information was introduced to me through PATCH.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

get them more advertising money so other families can utilize their contacts and free information and guidance.

April 28, 2011

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April 28, 2011

People Attentive to Children Hawaii is a wonderful organization. They provide so many services. Families can go to them to request information about child care options in their area, they provide much needed training for Early Childhood Professionals. They have taken on daunting task of maintaining and revising the Hawaii Registry of ECE Professionals as well as administer the disbursements for Preschool Open Doors. The County Co-ordinators of PATCH are dedicated people who truly believe in the importance of early childhood education.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

by hosting several of the trainings that PATCH provides, as well as have a significant number of staff attend the trainings. PATCH is a wonderful resource for finding out information about what is going on in the realm of ECE in the state of Hawaii

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I woul try to make the website a little more user friendly for families who are researching childcare options in their community.

April 28, 2011

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April 28, 2011

The Hawaii PATCH program was wonderful. The online listing of providers made the initial search for childcare immensely helpful to those of us with busy work schedules. The program's selection, training and credentialing requirements ensured a standard of care that put my mind at ease. I've recommended the program to other parents and am glad at my good fortune to have moved to a state where such a wonderful program exists for working parents with young children.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Honolulu.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide greater publicity of its services. I was surprised by how many people were unaware of this program.

April 28, 2011

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April 28, 2011

PATCH has provided me with the support I needed to grow a successful childcare business and work in the field I love -- helping families with young children. Through PATCH I have been able to receive educational grants, equipment grants, training classes and referrals to my family childcare which has allowed me to provide childcare for numerous families over the last 5 years. PATCH is definitely a great nonprofit that supports the families and young children in Hawaii to help ensure that the first five years of a child's life are met with educated and qualified professionals that provide a great foundation for future learning and success.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My personal and professional life.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Create a database of families looking for childcare that providers can access.

April 27, 2011

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April 27, 2011

When my childcare provider decided to take a extended vacation, I was horrified and didn't know what to do. I had a 1 year old and didn't feel comfortable leaving my child with just anyone. A family memeber advised me to call PATCH. The staff was wonderful and friendly. They addressed my concerns and answered all my questions. They printed out a list or shall I say lists of providers in my area. It was comforting to know that these childcare providers were screened and licensed. It made me feel good. I found the perfect childcare provider with the help of PATCH. I always recommend people to PATCH if asked about childcare services.

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PATCH did wonders for me and that assures me they are doing their job. Thank you and keep up the good work!

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Thru a family friend who recommended the service.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

It made me feel better about childcare.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 27, 2011

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April 27, 2011

I am a licensed professional child care provider and would like to share one story of how patch helps families with child care issues. I was contact by a patch and a mother that has a child with unique learning. Because I am experienced in this field due to two of my adopted sons with this same unique learning PATCH was able to help this mother. Leading her in the right direction to finding appropiate childcare for this child. PATCH helps.

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My experience is noted above.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None

April 27, 2011

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April 27, 2011

PATCH has helped me to finish my college degree while also bringing my family together. Prior to using PATCH, I had difficulty in finding daycare for my sons. However, not only did PATCH help with this issue, they were also able to identify potential problems with my sons, which we've been working on together with the school (including the teachers), the therapist, and our case manager. However, what I am most thankful for is they were able to teach us how to be better parents, and futhermore, they helped us unite our family. Although we are still working through some issues, my boyfriend and I have learned how to better our children TOGETHER. Personally, as a mother, I found it difficult to do things with my children; however, with the help of PATCH, I've learned how to be a better mother and primary teacher for my kids.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

learning how to be a better parent and primary teacher of my children.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase community utilization by supporting those who may not meet the income requirements.

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