Students in the Department’s After-School Plus (A+) Program are given time to complete homework and participate in enrichment and physical activities such as arts, crafts, drama, dance, sports and games. The monthly enrollment fee is $100 per child, with subsidies available for qualified participants. The A+ Parent Handbook includes more information about the program. For questions about the program, contact your
elementary school office or A+ program coordinator.
On November 17, 2015, the Hawaii State Board of Education (BOE) approved A+ Program fee increases for the next three years. The fee increase will offset rising operational costs and minimum wage increases per state law.
- Effective July 1, 2016, the monthly A+ fee per child will increase from $85 per month to $100 per month.
- Effective July 1, 2017, the monthly A+ fee per child will increase from $100 per month to $110 per month.
- Effective July 1, 2018, the monthly A+ fee per child will increase from $110 per month to $120 per month.
More details regarding the fee increase recommendation can be found here.
Thank you for your interest in working for the A+ Program! If you would like more information about employment opportunities, please contact the Site Coordinator during operational hours (2-5 p.m.) — contact information available here. Potential employees are required to undergo fingerprinting and a background check through the Department of Human Services before starting.
Resources for Enrichment, Athletics, Culture, and Health (REACH) provides an organizational framework for after-school programs for students in grades 6 to 8 throughout the state, with a goal to provide academic and social foundations that will reverse high school dropout trajectories. Using a community based approach, the initiative uses federal and state funds, while also partnering with the schools, parents and the private sector, to provide necessary funding and resources for afterschool programs that focus on academic enrichment, athletics, and arts and culture.
Uniting Peer Learning, Integrating New Knowledge (UPLINK) provides an after-school program for middle-school aged children in support of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) federal grant. The activity-based program aims to proactively prevent students in grades 6, 7, and 8 from engaging in risky behaviors during the after-school hours, including teen pregnancy, remediation and dropping out. Optional programs offerings include cooking, gardening, music, dance, seasonal sports, crafts, math club, science club, multimedia and computer activities with an emphasis on character-building and good decision-making, as well as homework assistance and tutoring.