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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

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!