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ERIC Number: ED539111
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 34
Abstractor: ERIC
Childhood Poverty in Colorado: A Closer Look at a Statewide Challenge
Piscopo, Lisa
Colorado Children's Campaign
The nation's recent economic problems underscore the urgency of addressing the challenges that low-income families face. The current economic downturn will exacerbate what already are troubling trends in Colorado--namely, that too many children in the state live in poverty and these numbers are growing rapidly. Until updated data are available, it cannot be said with great precision how many more children fell into poverty during 2008. However, the most current data on childhood poverty presents a troubling dynamic for Colorado as a state and in the largest counties as of 2007. Colorado's poverty rates were continuing to go up as the economy began to slow down, so it is reasonable to assume that these trends are continuing or even worsening. The trends identified in all the data sources are consistent: Colorado has an increasing number of children in poverty; the fastest growth is taking place in the Denver metro area; while many of the state's rural communities have endured high rates of persistent poverty. All these data can help policy makers and advocates understand the troubling trends affecting children along the urban corridor of the Front Range in Colorado and the persistent poverty afflicting rural counties. The rising number of children in poverty in the state is an urgent concern. All the available data sources tell that the growth of child poverty is not occurring at an equal rate in all counties in the state and is not evenly distributed throughout Colorado. Identifying where children are living in poverty and where the rate of change in childhood poverty is greatest are first steps in developing appropriate strategies to reduce these numbers and mitigate the impacts of poverty on the children. Appended are: (1) Childhood Poverty Data; (2) Free and Reduced Price Lunch Data; and (3) SAIPE data tables with Confidence Intervals. (Contains 22 figures, 14 tables, and 59 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Colorado Children's Campaign
Identifiers - Location: Colorado