A new national report reveals that there are several risk factors facing Colorado’s children that lead to academic failure and poor health.
The report also shows how Colorado is underinvesting in early childhood education. The National Center for Children in Poverty report lists several risk factors that could have an impact on Colorado's children.
According to the report, 21 percent of them under age 6 live in poverty while a quarter of families here are led by a single parent.
A quarter of this group also move frequently, which is another risk factor.
The report also looked at what states are doing to help provide access to early child care. Out of six policies that help access, Colorado does only two.
For example, Colorado doesn’t have an initiative to expand Head Start for infants and toddlers.
More recently, Colorado voters rejected Amendment 66 that would have created 25,000 more pre-school slots for at-risk 3- and 4-year olds.