by Chet Hardin
Education News Colorado has an interesting post up detailing the findings of the 2011 Kids Count report, which found that "the number of youngsters statewide living in poverty rose by 31,000 between 2008 and 2009, cementing Colorado’s distinction as the state with the fastest-growing level of childhood poverty."
More than a quarter — 28 percent — of Colorado’s children live in a family where no adult has full-time employment. And in 2010, there were more than 18,400 homeless students enrolled in public schools in Colorado, up 53 percent from the 2006-07 school year.
While the bulk of them were living doubled-up as guests in other people’s homes, nearly a thousand were living in motels and 684 were living in cars or campgrounds or abandoned buildings.
You can read the report, whose creation was supported by the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado and the Annie E. Casey Foundation, here.
(Note: In the chart below, "FPL" stands for "federal poverty level.")