Fast Fact – February 19, 2021

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: February 19, 2021

Head Start and Early Head Start served more than 12,600 young children and pregnant women in Colorado in 2019, though there were likely many more who qualified for the programs but were not reached. Head Start programs promote physical, cognitive and social development and boost school readiness among young children living in poverty. However, the number of Colorado children who qualify for Head Start still far exceeds program capacity. The number of available slots is limited by funding, which is authorized by the U.S. Congress. To learn more about Head Start enrollment in our state over the years, 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