Fast Fact – July 31, 2020

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: July 31, 2020

Head Start and Early Head Start served more than 12,600 children and pregnant women in Colorado in 2019, though there were likely many more who qualified for the programs. 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—despite an increase in slots over the last three decades, 2018 programs only had capacity to serve 1 in every 4 of our state’s young children in poverty. The number of available Head Start slots is limited by funding, which is authorized by the U.S. Congress. To learn more about Colorado’s enrollment in these essential programs over the years, please visit the KIDS COUNT Data Center. 

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