Senate and House Human Services Committees held a briefing on the proposed cuts to thousands of families with pre-schoolers.
They're asking the state to delay the plan until at least may, 2012 so they can discuss all of the options.
If the rule changes take effect, many families can expect to pay as much as five times more in tuition.
"I'm already struggling as a single parent to make ends meet and requiring me to play hundreds more per month will be a big burden to my family," Kahului resident Daisy Butay said.
Under the new system, there would be ten gradual income steps, not just three.
The neediest families would continue getting 100 percent subsidies, while other families would get subsidies ranging from 90 to 10 percent as their income rises.
DHS wants to implement these changes on January 1st.