Fast Fact – June 4, 2021

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: June 4, 2021

In the 2020-2021 school year, Colorado public schools saw a decrease in student enrollment in grades PK-12 for the first time in more than two decades. Due to the disruptions of COVID-19, the Student October Count conducted by the Colorado Department of Education found overall enrollment decreased by 3.3 percent (more than 30,000 children). These enrollment figures are likely temporary underestimates of the true population, especially for children in the early grades and students who identify as American Indian/Alaska Native, as those groups saw the largest percent decreases. To learn more about public school enrollment numbers this school year for your district or 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