Fast Fact – June 07, 2019

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: June 7, 2019

In 2017, more than 13,000 Colorado children and pregnant women were served by Head Start or Early Head Start programs. Head Start programs promote healthy 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 the number of slots over the last three decades, 2017 programs only had capacity to serve one in every four of the state’s young children in poverty. 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 www.coloradokids.org.