Child Care Tuition Assistance

Need child care tuition assistance while you go to school? Here are some options to help you out.

Preschool Open Doors

This state-funded childcare subsidy provides tuition assistance for 4 year olds (children born August 1, 2016 and July 31, 2017). Family must meet income eligibility requirements (visit the link below to see if you qualify). Subsidy covers tuition during upcoming school year: July 1, 2021-June 31, 2022 Application for subsidy is open now! Jan 4 – Mar 31, 2021.

To apply, visit: preschool-open-doors/

Child Care Connection Hawaii

CCCH program provides state-funded subsidies to help pay for a variety of legal child care settings including: care provided in the child’s home, care by relatives or friends in their home, before and after school programs, and preschools. (Children must be younger than 13 years old. Subsidy covers tuition as soon as your application is approved and awarded. Applications for subsidy are accepted statewide, year-round. Apply today! Check out these options below

To apply, visit:

HCC Children’s Center Student Scholarship

If you are a student of Honolulu Community College, your child is enrolled in one of the early childhood department’s children’s centers (Keiki Hauʻoli, Alani, or Leeward), and you can demonstrate financial need but do not qualify for the other scholarships above, then your child may be eligible for this tuition scholarship. Application is on a rolling basis and awarded on a case-by-case basis.

For more information, please contact the Program Coordinator, Caroline Soga: [email protected]. Visit:

Keiki O Ka ʻĀina HELP for Childcare

The HELP Program is designed to help qualified parents with monthly financial aid for child care costs for keiki ages birth to age 12. Child care includes relative care in the child’s home environment, infant / toddler care, group child care, pre-school, and before and after school care. Priority is given to Native Hawaiian, Native American Indian, and Alaska Native families who are working or attending school or in job training. Eligibility is determined through the Pre-Application process.

To begin the Pre-Application process to see if you qualify, go to:

Pauahi Keiki Scholars

This childcare subsidy provides tuition assistance for children of Native Hawaiian ancestry during the school year when they are 3 and 4 year olds. Family must meet income eligibility requirements. Application for subsidy is typically open around October – December of the year before tuition scholarships are awarded. The application process is now closed for the 2021-2022 school year. Be on the lookout for this scholarship in October 2021 for the 2022- 2023 school year!

For more information, visit:

Military and Department of Defense Fee Assistance and Respite Care

This childcare subsidy provides tuition assistance for children of Military and Department of Defense families. Child Care Aware® of America is proud to partner with the United States Military and Department of Defense to serve and support their families through the Fee Assistance and Respite Child Care Programs. Fee assistance is open year-round. Payments are made directly to the provider, but families who meet eligibility requirements may initiate the process with their child care provider to receive fee assistance.

For more information, visit:

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