In response to the growing demand and need for qualified child care providers, PATCH - People Attentive to Children - has converted its most popular training courses to an online format.
PATCH is the largest provider of community-based training in Hawaii for early education and child care. It offers 2,000 instructional hours each year to nearly 4,000 students, featuring 100 types of classes.
"By offering the classes in a webinar format, we remove the hurdles that often prevent individuals from attending our in-person classes, whether that be time, location or lack of child care," said PATCH Executive Director Katy Chen. "Also, many of our students could not wait months for the next time a particular course was being offered in their area. By going online, PATCH will be able to serve an entirely new audience, servicing more people when they need the classes the most."
The new online courses are made possible through grants from the Omidyar 'Ohana Fund of the Hawai'i Community Foundation ($21,000), The Samuel M. & Mary Castle Foundation ($15,000), the Atherton Family Foundation ($20,000) and the Hawaii Women's Legal Foundation ($3,500).
For more information, visit www.patchhawaii.org.