Denver and Adams counties will cut the number of families receiving aid through the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program amid less money to handle a surge in applications.
The Denver Post reports that the number of Coloradans applying for government help with child care costs in November jumped by nearly 2,000 over last year.
Denver helps about 4,500 children but wants to reduce that number to 2,700. The county is not accepting new applicants and expects the freeze to last six months.
Between 2003 and 2006 Denver's Child Care Assistance Program was underenrolled, prompting officials to launch an ad campaign with reserve money.
But now officials say they have less money to help more families.