COVID-19 Services & Programs

COVID-19 Services & Programs

We know that this time has brought many disruptions to Hawaii’s families. We are sharing information about emergency child care and meal services as we receive it. The services provided are not directly through the Executive Office on Early Learning, so any questions about them should be directed to the organization providing it (e.g. Kamaaina Kids, YMCA). We will continue to update this page with information on emergency care and meals from our trusted partners.


Child Care for Essential Workers

Many of our local families include people who are considered essential workers. Deemed an essential service, child care is a vital resource for families of essential workers. The Department of Human Services (DHS) contractor PATCH is working with child care providers to identify which licensed child care centers are still open and accepting families of essential workers. 
We are providing information about care for children younger than kindergarten. Other providers (e.g. YMCA and Kroc Center) are providing care for school-aged children. 
PATCH Directory of Child Care for Essential Workers with Children
Kamaaina Kids Emergency Child Care
For further support and information about other community programs, services and resources available in your area contact PATCH Hawaii or go to their website.
Phone: (808) 839-1988
Email: [email protected]
Hours: 7:30a.m. – 4:30p.m.

Grab & Go Meals

A couple of organizations are providing grab & go meals specifically for children under 18. Please see the links below for details on these services updated directly by those organizations. 
YMCA Grab & Go Meals for March 23-April 3
Hawaii DOE Grab & Go Breakfast and Lunch Meal Service

Resource Directory

The Hawaii Children’s Action Network have created an online searchable directory of resources to help families with through the COVID-19 crisis. The directory provides information for services and resources by location and type. 
Hawaii Children’s Action Network COVID-19 Resource Directory