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ERIC Number: ED538789
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 64
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Colorado Children's Budget 2011
Colorado Children's Campaign
"Colorado Children's Budget 2011" tallies up Colorado's public investments during FY 2007-08 through FY 2011-12 for programs and services that enhance the well-being of children across four domains--Early Childhood, K-12 Education, Health, and Other Supports. It is intended to be a resource guide for policymakers and advocates who are interested in better understanding how Colorado funds children's programs and services. The children's budget is a significant but slightly declining share of Colorado's state's budget: (1) As a percent of the total state budget, children's programs increased from 43.2 percent of the total in FY 2007-08, to a high of 45.3 percent in FY 2009-10. Since that time, the share has decreased to 41.7 percent; and (2) As a percent of the General Fund, children's programs increased from just over half in FY 2007-08, peaked at 56.8 percent in FY 2009-10, and have since decreased to 49.3 percent in FY 2011-12. The release of the 2010 US Census confirmed that Colorado's child population has grown substantially since 2000. The number of children living in poverty has more than doubled since 2000, with particularly large increases in the number of children in extreme poverty. The current economic hard times are stressing more families with children, regardless of socioeconomic status. These phenomena have strained the state's social safety net. Children's programs and services are multifaceted, both in terms of how programs are delivered and how they are funded. While programs and services are intended to work in concert, the state often channels programs and funding through several state departments, each with different federal, state, and local rules, regulations, obligations, and responsibilities. To maintain services in tough economic times and to meet constitutionally mandated budget constraints, state lawmakers go to great lengths to leverage federal moneys and identify every possible source of funding so as to lessen the burden on the state's strained General Fund. A budget glossary is included. Individual sections contain 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: N/A
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