Sign-ups to be cut for Arizona child-care subsidies

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PHOENIX (AP) -- State funding for child care subsidies for low-income families is running short of demand, leading the Department of Economic Security to limit new enrollments in the program now benefiting thousands of children.

DES Assistant Director Patrick Harrington estimates that parents for 5,000 children will be denied subsidies during the current fiscal year.

Harrington says the enrollment limit starts Feb. 18 and affects families eligible because of income, not those participating in certain programs.

He says the cutoff doesn't result from budget cuts approved by legislators to close a big revenue shortfall.

But he says that DES didn't receive additional dollars it requested to carry the subsidy program through the fiscal year without an enrollment limit.

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