2012 Children’s Budget Shows Investments in Colorado Children Continue Sliding

Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: December 21, 2012

State investments in Colorado children have decreased 2 percent per year, on average, in the past five years after accounting for inflation and population growth, according to an annual analysis by the Colorado Children’s Campaign. Five years of state spending examined in the Colorado Children’s Budget 2012 show that investments in child health, education and safety are not keeping up with a growing child population.

Less than a third of the state’s total spending is invested in children, according to the analysis. In the current fiscal year, 32 percent of state spending went toward services impacting children—down from 37 percent in the 2011-12 fiscal year. The annual analysis serves as a resource for state leaders and policy makers as they examine how Colorado finances investments in children. The report breaks down spending into four areas: early childhood development and learning, child health, K-12 education and other support and safety services for children and families.

“There are many signs that the worst of the economic downturn is behind us, and we have an opportunity to be strategic about where we make investments as Colorado’s revenues rebound,” said Chris Watney, President and CEO of the Colorado Children’s Campaign. “Restoring cuts to education and health services that help kids grow up strong should be our first priority, and we’re encouraged by the governor’s state budget proposal for 2013.”

Click here to read the press release and download a copy of the report.

Tara Manthey

About Tara Manthey

Tara McLain Manthey joined Colorado Children's Campaign as Communications Director in May 2012. She previously worked in communications at The Kempe Foundation for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect in Aurora and Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families in Little Rock, Ark. Tara was a newspaper reporter covering education and government for nine years in Oregon, Washington state and Arkansas. A native of the Colorado mountain region and an alumna of the University of Colorado at Boulder, Tara lives in Denver with her husband and two small children.