In Fiscal Year 2012-13, 11 percent of Colorado children ages birth through 18 (more than 138,000 children) were covered by the Child Health Plan Plus at some point during the year. The plan provides health coverage for children in families with incomes that are too high to qualify for Medicaid but below 250 percent of the federal poverty level ($58,875 for a family of four in 2013). To find data on the percent of children covered by Child Health Plan Plus in your county, please visit the KIDS COUNT Data Center.
On average, between 2010 and 2012, 27 percent of Colorado children lived in single-parent families. Children in single-parent families typically have less access to same economic or human resources available to those growing up in two-parent families. Children live in single-parent families for many reasons, including divorce, death of a parent, or a parent who never married. The percent of children in single-parent households ranged from the lowest in Elbert County at 14 percent to the highest in Pueblo County at 37 percent. To find data on single-parent families in your county, please visit the KIDS COUNT Data Center.
In 2012, approximately 36 percent of all Colorado children under 5 received vouchers from WIC (the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children). WIC helps low-income pregnant women, infants and children access nutritious foods and as well as nutrition education and counseling. To find data on the percent of children who received WIC vouchers in your county, please visit the KIDS COUNT Data Center.
In 2012, Colorado’s median household income was $56,880, a 2 percent increase over the previous year. Although the state’s median household income has now risen two years in a row, it has yet to reach its 2008 level, before the full effects of the recession hit Colorado families. To find out the median income for households in your county, please visit the KIDS COUNT Data Center.
In 2012, 4 percent of all births in Colorado were considered ”three risk factor births,” defined as births to single women under age 25 without a high school diploma or GED. Statewide, the percent of three risk factor births has declined by half since 2002. To find the number of three risk factor births in your county, please visit the KIDS COUNT Data Center.
In 2012, 24 out of every 1,000 teen girls ages 15 to 19 gave birth. Colorado’s teen birth rate has been on a steady decline since 2000, but it varies widely across counties. Baca County had the highest teen birth rate in 2012, at 89 births per 1,000 teenage girls, while Douglas County had the lowest teen birth rate, at 5 births per 1,000 teens in this age group. To find data on the teen birth rate in your county, please visit the KIDS COUNT Data Center.
In 2012, 6.1 percent of all Colorado kids received basic cash assistance through the Colorado Works/Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, up from 4.9 percent in 2011. Colorado Works/TANF assists low-income families in reaching economic security by strengthening their economic and social stability. However, of every 100 Colorado families living in poverty, only 13 received TANF cash assistance in 2009-10. To find the data on children in your county who receive cash assistance through TANF, please visit the KIDS COUNT Data Center.
Colorado’s high school graduation rate is on the rise. The percent of Colorado students who graduated on time (within four years) improved from 72 percent in 2010 to 77 percent in 2013. To find the most recent data on graduation rates for your county or school district, please visit the KIDS COUNT Data Center.
In the 2013-2014 school year, nearly 15 percent of all Colorado students (more than 126,000 children) were English Language Learners (ELL). Since 2003-2004, the number of ELL students in Colorado has increased by 38 percent. Research shows it takes an ELL student an average of four to seven years to develop academic proficiency in English, but the state currently only provides funds for two years of language acquisition services for ELL students. To view trends in ELL enrollment over time in your county, please visit the KIDS COUNT Data Center.
In 2012, 9 percent of all babies in Colorado were born at a low birth weight. Low birth-weight babies weigh 5.5 pounds or less at birth and are at higher risk for health problems like respiratory distress syndrome and heart problems. The percent of Colorado babies born at a low birth weight has remained fairly flat during the past 10 years. To find data on the percent of low-weight births in your county, please visit the KIDS COUNT Data Center.