Fast Fact – April 2, 2021

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: April 2, 2021

Between 2015 and 2019, 13 percent of Colorado’s children under 6 (nearly 53,000 young children) lived below the federal poverty level. Poverty experienced during early childhood is particularly harmful because brain development is so critical in the early years; one study found that people who experienced poverty between birth and age 5 went on to complete fewer years of school, were more likely to be arrested and were nearly three times as likely to experience poor health in adulthood. To find the share of young children living below the poverty line in your county, please visit the KIDS COUNT Data Center.

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The Colorado Children’s Campaign is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization committed since 1985 to realizing every chance for every child in Colorado. We advocate for the development and implementation of data-driven public policies that improve child wellbeing in health, education and early childhood. We do this by providing Coloradans with trusted data and research on child wellbeing and organizing an extensive state-wide network of dedicated child advocates. For more information, please visit