HIDOE will increase monthly after-school program fee rate to address budget impacts of COVID

HONOLULU (KHON2) – The Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) announced Friday that it will use federal funds to help offset increased after-school program fees plus (A+ ) for the remainder of the 2021-22 school year.

Effective November 1, the A+ fee will begin to transition to a new monthly rate; however, families will not be affected during this stage of the transition.

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“This change will help increase and retain staff in our A+ programs, which will in turn help ensure that after-school support and services can be provided to any student or family who needs it,” said Acting Superintendent Keith Hayashi. “The extra funds can also be used to deepen after-school learning opportunities, which will support both academic and social-emotional learning.”

The new monthly fee will increase to $200 to address budgetary impacts of COVID-19, increased operational costs and staffing issues. It will take full effect at the start of the 2022-23 academic year.

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The Hawaii Department of Social Services (DHS) offers grants to cover Program A+ costs for families with qualifying incomes. Interested persons can contact the A+ provider at their child’s school.