National KIDS COUNT Data Book ranks Colorado 20th in child well-being, spotlights census undercount
One in five of Colorado’s youngest children is at risk of not being counted in the 2020 census, according to a new report released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. As many as 62,000 Colorado children under 5 live in communities that are considered hard to count. Without efforts to ensure all Colorado children are counted in the 2020 census, kids will be deprived of investment and representation during their critical early years, according to the 2018 KIDS COUNT® Data Book.
An undercount of young children in the upcoming decennial census would shortchange child well-being over the next decade by putting at risk hundreds of millions of dollars of federal funding for programs that are critical to family stability and opportunity, the report said.
“All people—including children—have the right to be counted and be represented in our democracy. But with no real political or economic power, young children rely on adults to protect and advocate for them,” said Kelly Causey, President and CEO of the Colorado Children’s Campaign. “For kids to count, the nation must count them in the census. It is up to every policy maker, every community and the nation to do right by our kids: to make sure that children are counted and considered national priorities. Read More