Notes from 2017 KIDS COUNT in Colorado!: Our process
This year’s KIDS COUNT report delves into disparities in child well-being based on race and ethnicity in an effort to shine a light on issues where our state can and must do better at creating equitable opportunities for children. In an effort to raise up the voices of the people behind the numbers, we spent time last fall traveling to four communities across the state and holding conversations about child well-being data, disaggregated by race and ethnicity, with parents, youth, community leaders and elders.
Through these conversations, community members in the San Luis Valley, La Plata County, Morgan County and Denver graciously shared their deep knowledge about the factors—whether local, statewide, or national—that contribute to the disparities we see in children’s well-being. Although the wisdom of Coloradans provided through these conversations is too vast to be contained in the pages of the report, the insights and input of these parents, grandparents, youth and community leaders guided the indicators we selected to include in this year’s report, while also providing rich context that helped enhance our understanding of the data. Read more about what surfaced in these community conversations in the 2017 edition of KIDS COUNT in Colorado!