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Marites Agag waited eight months to enroll her 6-year-old son into an after-school program.

The single mother, who works full time at the Hawaii Department of Education, scrambled to juggle her job and take care of her only child. Sometimes she would ask her boss if she could drop her son, Martin, off with her mother then hurry back to work. Other times the Kalihi resident would ask her immediate family if they could pick him up.

Finally in February, Agag received a call from the After School Plus, or A+, program at Kapalama Elementary School to inform her that her son could start coming the next month.

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