Connecticut to tighten child care subsidy eligibility again

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut officials say they're tightening eligibility rules again for a child care subsidy program that helps low-income working families.

The Office of Early Childhood announced Tuesday the Care 4 Kids program will be closed beginning Dec. 31 to new applicants who are teen parents or former recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits within the last five years.

An estimated 1,800 families with 2,700 children that may have applied for the subsidy over the next six months could be affected.

The changes do not affect any family currently receiving a child care subsidy.

Officials say the changes are needed to help cover increased costs and a budget deficit.

Families rallied outside the state Capitol on Tuesday to protest the new rules. Eligibility was previously changed in June.

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