Fast Fact – May 31, 2019
Between 2015 and 2017, about half of Colorado’s 3- and 4-year-olds were not enrolled in any type of school, including nursery, preschool, kindergarten or Head Start programs. Young children in families living below 200 percent of the federal poverty level (an income of $49,716 or less per year for a family of four) were slightly less likely to be enrolled in school: 58 percent of young children at this income level were not enrolled in any program. High-quality preschool programs help ensure kids start kindergarten with the skills they need to hit the ground running —and the positive effects of high-quality preschool don’t expire during childhood. Decades of research show that participation in a high-quality preschool program can alter the trajectory of a child’s life, with benefits experienced for decades to come. To learn more about Colorado’s young children not in school, please visit the KIDS COUNT Data Center.