(CBS Connecticut) — Officials today announced that the approval of the long-overdue state budget will allow working poor families to once again apply for assistance affording child care.

Office of Early Childhood Commissioner Dave Wilkinson says the $125-million program had been closed to new applicants last year, since changes on the federal level last year made it more expensive.

“Care 4 Kids is a voucher program that helps kids afford to send their children to quality child care programs across the state,” Wilkinson said.

During the time the program was closed to new applicants, a waiting list grew to almost 6,000 families.

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