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Parents scramble after daycare center closes due to budget cuts

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Some parents in Connecticut were scrambling Wednesday night to find childcare after budget cuts abruptly took a toll on the Head Start program they rely on. 

"It's going to be pretty hard for me because I'm still in school and this change comes out of nowhere," said Rouree Newton of New Haven.

Newton along with about a dozen other parents at Early Childhood Center in New Haven are scrambling to figure out daycare after getting word this week the program is being reworked.

"I have to go look myself. I visited two daycares and they're packed," Newton said.

The school district is currently working on a new deal for its free pre-K funding.

The city is looking to help more families with free pre-K services under the new plan, but to do that they anticipate providing fewer hours of help to the current families using the services.

School officials told Eyewitness News Wednesday they are trying to secure more funding, but with the current federal budget constraints they said it's nearly impossible to keep the same services.

Parents were not officially notified by the school district because school officials say they are in the middle of confidential negotiations.

The current program ends this Friday, which is the end of the fiscal year.

The goal is to rework the program citywide and try to resume all of the pre-K programs currently being offered.

Through the summer, the Head Start program is trying to use state funding and money from private donors to keep as many pre-K programs active as they can.

But with nothing certain at this point, parents told Eyewitness News they need to make alternative arrangements for their kids.

"I could have handled better, I would have had more time to look for my baby a daycare and this has come out of nowhere," Newton said.

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