Engaging kids during the critical hours after school

The A+ After-School Program is a partnership with the Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) to provide care after the school day.

2024-2025 A+ After School Registration

Online registration for the A+ Program for School Year 2024-2025 is now open.

  1. Via Online Registrations
  2. Via Manual Registrations: Fill out, print, and drop off at your child's school. Registrations will be dated and timestamped when received.
Eligibility

All “latchkey” children enrolled in public elementary schools in K-6, are eligible to participate if they are living with parent(s), guardian(s)*, or foster parent(s)/guardian(s)** who is/are:

  • Employed during the hours of A+ operations;
  • Working in the A+ Program;
  • Attending colleges, universities, or other types of schools during the hours of A+ operations - class schedule including day/time is required; or
  • Engaged in job training programs during the hours of A+ operations.

*If either biological parent is NOT authorized to pick up, explanation and custody documents are required to be submitted each school year. 
**Foster documents are required to be submitted each school year.

Proof of employment/school/job training is REQUIRED from both parents/legal guardians to determine eligibility for the A+ program. Please provide one of the following:

  • Employed Parents:
    • Most recent paystub with hours worked indicated.
    • If you are not able to submit a paystub: a letter from your employer indicating days & times worked (may be a sample schedule if hours vary) will be accepted.
  • Self-employed/independent contractor parents: Please submit the following:
    • GE Tax license AND 
    • Previous year's tax return (1040) with Schedule C OR a voided business check/business bank statement with company name.
    • If the business is new or you are unable to provide the required documents, eligibility may be denied until these conditions can be met.
  • Parents/legal guardians attending school:
    • School Schedule on official school letterhead with the school's name, name of the student and course schedule with date and time.
  • Parents in Job Training:
    • DHS_728 First to work approval letter.
Self Employed/Independent Contractors

Self-employed parents and independent contractors can usually make their own schedules and need to verify their working status.

  • If you do NOT receive a W-2 at the end of the calendar year from your employer, or you receive a 1099 form from the company you work with, additional documents will be required.
  • Please submit a copy of your GE tax license AND a copy of either
    1. income tax return including your Schedule C or
    2. printed business checking account
Fees, financial aid & payment

The monthly fee for the school year is $200. For the 2024-2025 school year, the DOE will use federal funds to help offset $40/month per student in A+ fees, bringing the monthly cost down to $160 for all families who do not qualify for the Department of Human Services (DHS) income-based subsidy.

DHS has adjusted the eligibility schedule, increasing the maximum income eligibility levels. Families who previously exceeded the income eligibility may now possibly qualify for this subsidy. The subsidy will cover the full monthly program fee.

To apply and learn more, please visit the DOE A+ Financial Assistance website which includes the DOE A+ Income Eligibility Table for DHS A+ Subsidies to check your eligibility. After you have applied for financial assistance, please upload supporting documents to our secure website.

Monthly fees are due on the first program day of each month. Your first month’s program fee will be due on the first A+ program day. The fee is set by the DOE and may be subject to change if your child’s school implements a blended school schedule.

What to expect after you submit registration

Registrations are processed in the order they are received.

Once we have completed processing your registration, you will receive an email notification [“Admissions Status Notification"] on the status of your child’s/children’s enrollment, which includes whether your child has been:

  • Enrolled, or
  • Waitlisted*, or
  • Determined ineligible, or
  • The A+ program at your child's school is not available due to insufficient enrollment  [A+ sites require enrollment of at least 20 children.]

Notes:

  • Processing your registration application may be delayed as we collaborate with the DOE to review application time stamps and the DOE finalizes the A+ school sites that each A+ After-School program provider, such as our YMCA of Honolulu, has been assigned.
  • Once we have completed processing your registration, you will be sent your Admissions Status Notification.
  • If there is missing information and we are not able to complete your registration processing, you will receive an email.
    • Please re-check your email (both your inbox and "SPAM" folders) to be sure that you did not miss an email from [email protected] that requested additional information.
    • Please submit the requested information within one week of receiving your email notification to hold your spot in line and for us to complete your registration process.
    • Once your documents are submitted, we can continue processing your registration.

*Waitlist: Some A+ school sites have reached capacity due to staffing challenges, capacity limits or may not have reached the minimum 20-student enrollment requirement.

Please know that we are working on resolving these limitations with promotions to hire more staff (including offering a $250 Y Credit referral bonus), working with schools to expand capacity, and for those sites that have not met the minimum enrollment, we will be promoting registration at those impacted school sites.