Colorado Children’s Budget
The Colorado Children’s Budget is intended to be a resource guide for policymakers and advocates who are interested in better understanding how Colorado funds children’s programs and services. Our goal is to provide data and basic analysis to help readers better understand state investments in programs and services benefiting children. It attempts to clarify often confusing budget information and describe where the state’s investment trends are and where those trends will lead us if funding decisions remain unchanged.
Analyzing and reporting on the state budget is not easy. Essentially, Colorado presents its budget by department and line item, with less emphasis on program and performance objectives. This often means it is impossible to segregate the portion of programming that benefits children and families and/or assess program reach. Reporting and decision-making are further complicated by Colorado’s reliance on so many different types of funding sources, and the necessity of reappropriating funds from one department to another to meet needs and balance the state’s budget each year.