This morning we learned that Colorado’s public budget went from flush a few months ago to a $3.3 billion deficit that will surely impact children and families. We stand ready to support state leaders facing the enormous challenge of responding to the coronavirus pandemic and our eventual recovery, and we will be vocal and firm in our resolve that children and families must be prioritized at every step.View Press Release
At the Colorado Children's Campaign, we're constantly working to improve the health and well-being of Colorado children through data-driven public policy. We provide trusted data and research on child well-being and organize an extensive state-wide network of dedicated child advocates. Please read the following press releases to learn more about how we're working to improve the lives of Colorado's children.
DENVER—Colorado has made important strides toward improving conditions for kids since the Great Recession, according to a new report from the Colorado Children’s Campaign, but the COVID pandemic and resulting economic downturn threaten to set our state back in critical areas. Data from previous economic downturns show that children’s health, safety, education and family economic security will likely be immediately impacted, and their futures hamstrung unless policymakers step in with solutions that put kids and families first.View Press Release
DENVER—The number of children living in concentrated poverty fell faster in Colorado than in almost any other state in the country in recent years, according to “Children Living in High Poverty, Low-Opportunity Neighborhoods,” a new KIDS COUNT® data snapshot released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.View Press Release
DENVER— The 2020 Census risks undercounting thousands of young Colorado children, depriving communities of federal funding and political representation for the next decade, according to a new analysis from the Colorado Children’s Campaign.View Press Release
DENVER—Colorado saw the sixth-largest increase in child population among states since 1990, according to a national report on child well-being released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Colorado’s child population increased by more than 43 percent since the first edition of the KIDS COUNT®Data Book was released in 1990. Today, there are 1.26 million Coloradans under age 18.View Press Release
DENVER—The Colorado Children’s Campaign joins the many health, education and community leaders who strongly support legislation introduced today to curb youth nicotine and tobacco use. Colorado’s teenagers report e-cigarette use at twice the national average; we lead the nation in teen vaping. Increasing the costs of taking up and using nicotine in the teen years can dramatically cut the odds of becoming a life-long smoker. Unfortunately, Colorado’s cigarette tax rate is among the lowest in the country (39th) and we have no excise tax on liquid nicotine used in e-cigarettes.View Press Release