- Schools that have Pre-K and K programs must have their K programs licensed via HCPS or be accredited by an HCPS-recognized accrediting body, even if that school’s Department of Human Services’ (DHS) child care license covers children ages 6 and 7. These schools must still obtain or maintain DHS child care licensing for their preschool program.
- If a school’s K program is in actuality a pre-K or junior K program (i.e. all students who graduate from the program matriculate into Kindergarten the following school year), then that program does not meet the K-12 compulsory education services requirement and thus would only need DHS licensing as a child care program.
- Any before or after school child care programs serving students in grades K-6 must still be licensed by DHS, regardless of whether or not the school’s K program is licensed via HCPS.
Please note: Families that apply for and receive child care subsidies from DHS are not able to use the child care subsidies for any compulsory education requirements for grades K-12 during the school day hours. The following are child care subsidies offered through DHS:
- Preschool Open Doors program, administered by PATCH for DHS; and
- Child Care Connection Hawaiʻi program:
- administered by ResCare/Arbor E&T for non-TANF families; or
- administered by Goodwill or DHS BESSD First-To-Work offices statewide for TANF families.