Our KidsFlash blog helps child advocates and policymakers stay up to date on the latest child well-being news from the Colorado State Capitol and around the state. Find data and research on child health, early childhood education and development, K-12 education, and more. Track important legislation and policies affecting Colorado's kids. Get the inside scoop on the Children's Campaign's outreach efforts - including information on important fundraising and advocacy events, as well as efforts being undertaken by the It's About Kids and Circle of Friends networks. The KidsFlash blog is your connection to the resources and information your need to make a difference in the lives of Colorado's children.
In 2016, approximately 32 percent of Colorado children under 5 received vouchers from WIC (the Special Supplemental Program for Women, Infants, and Children), down from 37 percent in 2012 at the height of the recession. WIC helps low-income pregnant women, infants and children access nutritious […]
In the 2016-2017 school year, 77 percent of all Colorado kindergartners were enrolled in a full-day program, up from 40 percent in 2007-2008. Although research shows that kindergartners in full-day programs make more academic progress and are better prepared for first grade than children in […]
In the 2016-2017 school year, 10.5 percent of Colorado students were receiving special education services in Colorado public schools. Between 2010 and 2016, the number of students receiving special education services increased by 17 percent, rising at more than twice the rate of total pupil […]
In 2015, 250,000 Colorado children under 6 lived in families where all available parents were in the labor force (approximately 64 percent of kids in this age group). These are children who likely need child care during the day, but Colorado’s licensed child care and […]
In 2015, Colorado was home to 1,282,625 kids under the age of 18, according to estimates from the Colorado State Demography Office. El Paso County had the largest child population in the state at 125,109 children, while Mineral County had the smallest, at only 80 […]
In 2015, 37 percent of all Colorado children from birth to 8 years old (approximately 229,000 kids) were living in low-income families. Low-income families are defined as those earning less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level, or approximately $48,500 in 2015. While experiencing […]