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ERIC Number: ED538788
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 68
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Colorado Children's Budget 2012
Buck, Beverly; Cuciti, Peggy L.; Baker, Robin
Colorado Children's Campaign
The "Colorado Children's Budget 2012" examines the state's commitment to investing in the well-being of children. It tallies up Colorado's actual and planned investment during the past five years (Fiscal Year (FY) 2008-2009 through FY 2012-2013) on programs and services in four areas: Early Childhood Learning and Development, K-12 Education, Health and Other Supports for Families and Communities. It is a resource guide for policymakers and advocates who are interested in better understanding how Colorado finances children's programs and services. It also illustrates the degree to which the state prioritizes the needs of children as revenue constraints force hard choices in the budget process. The key findings include: (1) State investments in services for children increased during the past five years, but not enough to keep pace with inflation and child population growth; (2) Investments in children's services make up a significant but slightly declining share of Colorado's state budget; (3) Some programs fared better than did others in the budgeting process; (4) During the past five years, the state has decreased its commitment to early childhood development and learning programs; (5) The K-12 education system accounts for two thirds of the state's investments in children but has failed to keep pace with inflation and population growth; (6) Health services and programs account for a growing share of investments in children; and (7) The budget for other programs helping children by providing supports to families and communities has gone down. A budget glossary is included. (Contains 9 footnotes.)
Colorado Children's Campaign. 1580 Lincoln Street Suite 420, Denver, CO 80203. Tel: 303-839-1580; Fax: 303-839-1354; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Early Childhood Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: First Focus; Colorado Trust; Colorado Health Foundation; Women's Foundation of Colorado
Authoring Institution: Colorado Children's Campaign
Identifiers - Location: Colorado