Fast Fact- September 09, 2019

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: September 6, 2019

Between 2013 and 2017, 16 percent of Colorado’s children under 6–nearly 64,000 young children–lived below the federal poverty level. Since brain development is particularly significant in the first few years of a child’s life, poverty experienced during early childhood is especially harmful. One study found that people who experienced poverty between birth and age 5 completed fewer years of school, were more likely to be arrested, and were nearly three times as likely to be in poor health in adulthood as those who lived in moderate- to upper-income families in their early years. To find the share of young children living below the federal poverty level in your county over this time period, 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