PHOENIX (AP) -- Officials say thousands of needy Arizona families who have been waiting for state child care assistance don't have to wait any longer.
The Arizona Department of Economic Security says newly available funds have made it possible to release 4,000 children from a priority waiting list for child care.
The department made the announcement Friday.
The funds were made available through the signed legislation that created the new Arizona Department of Child Safety.
Families on the list who are classified as "special circumstances" because they live in a homeless or domestic violence shelter will be released first.
Officials say these families can contact the Child Care Administration office to get financial assistance once they've confirmed their eligibility.
The child care assistance programs target low-income families and teen parents in high school.