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Causes: Human Services

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.

Programs: PATCH is a community service organization dedicated to supporting Hawaii’s child care needs. We help families find the right child care. We offer FREE resources on choosing and paying for child care, child development, parenting, becoming a child care provider and other useful resources right at your fingertips.

Child and adult care food program: licensed family child care providers are eligible for this program which provides partial reimbursement for nutritious meals served to children while in a family child care setting. This federally funded program is supported by congress to ensure that all children in family day care homes have access to balanced and nutritious meals with the goal of improving their eating pattern and habits. The usda's child and adult care food program plays a vital role in improving the quality of day care and making it more affordable for many low income families. PATCH screens the income eligibility of providers and children and provides monthly reimbursement payments to the providers directly. PATCH provides access to nutritional resources, training and technical assistance. Providers also receive assistance in menu planning, basic sanitation as well as keeping accurate records for claiming reimbursements and tax purposes. In fye 6/30/2014, PATCH monitored the service of 713,448 meals to low-income children and supported 221 daycare homes to ensure nutritious foods.

Child care training program: PATCH offers more than 100 different free or low-cost training classes to child care professionals from all types of child care settings and other caregivers including informal child care providers and parents. All classes are aligned with standards of the states ask core areas and the subject areas of the national child development associate credential. Some classes are offered for continuing education units. Classes are held in a variety of locations on each island. Resource libraries with videos on a variety of child care topics are available at PATCH offices. Each quarter, PATCH publishes a training calendar full of current child care information and scheduled classes, which is distributed to professionals and the public. In fye 6/30/2014, PATCH offered 550 free classes in early care and education, which were attended by a total of 5,284 persons.

Other child care services to foster community awareness of the needs of children, parents, and child care providers. The registry program verified the credentials of 2,619 people working in preschools and daycare centers and counseled 59 people on careers in early care and education. The family child care recruitment program provided 511 people with technical assistance and support to start a home daycare business resulting in 276 new licensed child care spaces in Hawaii. The quality care program helped 237 daycare homes improve the quality of their child care which served 1,422 children.

Community Stories

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 4

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

Angela C.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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.

Faith Rex

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

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.