Preserve the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: March 24, 2017

Last Friday, Joint Budget Committee (JBC) staff provided more information to the JBC members on the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (HKCS). On Monday, the JBC heard “comebacks” (where state departments are allowed to ask the Committee to reconsider one or more actions) from Office of State Planning Budget Director Henry Sobanet. One of these comebacks was in regards to preservation of the HKCS. The HKCS is an anonymous and voluntary survey, which is administered to students in grades 6-12 every two years. The HKCS produces the state’s most reliable source of information on health topics such as student safety in schools, mental health, physical activity, and tobacco and other substance use. Additionally, districts, local communities, nonprofits, and others rely on data provided by the HKCS to create programs and secure private grant funding to appropriately serve the needs of our kids.

The Children’s Campaign, in partnership with many other organizations, submitted this letter to JBC members in support of continuing the survey. As a data-driven organization, we feel strongly that Colorado must maintain valid and reliable data sources like the HKCS to inform services, programming and policy.

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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