Colorado Children’s Budget 2005

Date Posted: December 15, 2005

The Colorado Children’s Budget 2005 is a comprehensive report on funding for children’s services in Colorado. This report provides a six-year funding history for more than 50 programs funded with state, local, and federal dollars. The Colorado Children’s Budget analyzes reductions in programs and services during the economic downturn.

The data in the Children’s Budget sends a clear message that Colorado is falling behind. Children today do not have access to the same opportunities they did just a few years ago. Funding has failed to keep pace with the rapidly growing child population and the rising costs of delivering services. Across the state, service providers have watched their budgets shrink and their service levels decline. They’ve cut staff, instituted waiting lists, delayed building repairs, reduced their hours, and, in some cases, closed their doors. Funding for some children’s services has declined more than others. Mental health, early care and education, local public health services, child care, youth crime prevention services, and income support for working families have suffered the greatest losses. Funding for children’s health insurance (Medicaid) and K-12 education, both of which have laws protecting their funding, have grown as more kids in Colorado enroll in public school and more low-income children enroll in Medicaid. Now more than ever, Colorado needs to reexamine its priorities and make the necessary changes to rebuild its social safety net for kids.

Colorado Children's Budget 2005