PATCH

Rating: 4.76 stars   17 reviews

Issues: Food, Human Services

Location: 560 North Nimitz Hwy Suite 218 Honolulu HI 96817 USA

Mission: To support and improve the quality and availability of care for the young people of Hawaii.
Results: Government funding and contracts support some of PATCH's key programs and services. Government funding isn't enough to support all of our programs -- private funding and donations are making up the difference. So far, this year, fundraising efforts have been focused on a technology upgrade for our offices, as our previous system is defunct, and we are raising funds to support the rising needs of the lowest-income families, with programs to assist families to send their children to preschool, funding for extra training classes and recruitment services for child care professionals, funding for grants to child care business to purchase supplies and equipment, and more.
Target demographics: Families, children, child care professionals, and the community at large in Hawaii.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 10,000+
Geographic areas served: Hawaii, statewide.
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 99-0167464
808-839-1988
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Rating: 5 stars  

I used PATCH services to find a licensed and reliable child care provider for my infant son. Because I had just recelty moved to Maui, I didn't know many people and didn't know how to begin looking for someone I could trust with the care of my son. PATCH gave me a listing of reputable and licesed providers, and I was able to find the best sitter, one who I will definently use again. Without the listing, I wouldn't have been able to do it. They also provided classes to the child care providers to help them with their licensing.

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

Knowing I can trust who was watching my baby.

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

Help them to be able to provide more classes and accredation to more providers. There is a shortage of licensed, in-home child-care provders in Maui.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Patch serves the community well. Not only they provide information for child care providers, but provide work for people who love the child care field. I am very blessed to participate in their courses. They were very educational.
I recommend Patch to my friends and families.
My experience with them were in their courses. I learned so much. It allowed me to do my own child care services for while. My kids are big now, I stop doing the child care services, but I will always recommend their services. Thanks Patch.

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How to relate with children, and how to do child care services.

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

Not change a thing.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Very helpful website, which helped me to choose from different child care providers in a specific area.

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

Choosing my son's child care provider.

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

Add reviews for the child care providers that are listed.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Rare to find an agency with so much heart and support. Living on a island with children can be challenging. PATCH is very supportive of families and the schools who serve the families. LOVE PATCH!

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Working with families needing assistance in order for their child(ren) to be able to attend our school. Assistance with licensing with the Dept. of Human Services.

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That they would receive more funding for outer islands.

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Rating: 4 stars  

Thank you to the staff of the Kauai PATCH Office and Dept of Human Services, I am well on my way to opening up my own daycare at home. Not having a natural sense of business, I called the PATCH office to get more info. They walked me through the process step-by-step and were encouraging and up-front on how to fulfill the requirements without having to do my own guess work. They didn't mind answering several questions for the second time or explaining things in different ways so that it was easier for me to understand. Also, my daughter attends Tutu&Me which is a travelling preschool where caregivers need to attend with the child. Stephanie from PATCH visited on several occassions to educate the public about services PATCH offers to find qualified and screened caregivers in their area. PATCH realizes that there are families in need and are always looking for new avenues to reach them to provide help.

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working with them to fulfill all the qualifications required to open up a childrens daycare at my home.

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It was difficult to find their phone number in the phone book. Please make the phone number more accessible.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've just completed my final year of nine years with the PATCH Board - PATCH staff is incredibly dedicated to helping families in Hawaii find quality childcare. I first contacted PATCH many years ago to help find care for my then new born son - options were sorely lacking at that time. That's why when asked to join the PATCH Board I eagerly accepted, to better understand the challenges they face in attracting and training new caregivers & matching families with a caregiver who is right for them. Every year the number of caregivers and matched families has increased, training options have expanded and children are receiving quality care. The credit goes to a great staff and an active Board who pitch in to support the PATCH Team. PATCH will always hold a special place in my heart.

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Staff at my company finding quality care for their children through PATCH.

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

Let more people know about the great work they do - they are so busy delivering services to the community that only people who looking for childcare know about them. This non-profit helps the business community by allowing working Moms to focus knowing their children are well cared for.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I am also a board member for the last two years, but my relationship with PATCH goes back much further.
PATCH on Maui continues to be responsive to community needs and requests for information. The support of the PATCH staff has been invaluable as we work together as part of a community to increase the quality and amount of early learning opportunities for children. In my role at University of Hawai'i Maui College, I have been able to partner with PATCH on many things - from providing space for PATCH classes to accessing important, up to date data from PATCH.
PATCH has grown and evolved as a resource and referral, adapting to the times and continuing to stay healthy despite the economic downturn.

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Please see above.

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

Continue to support its growth and efforts to provide resource, referral and support for high quality in early childhood settings.

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