The number of children living in poverty has grown faster in Colorado than anywhere else in the nation since 2000. The 2014 Kids Count in Colorado report found that 224,611 Colorado children live in poverty and 41.9% of Colorado children qualify for free or reduced lunch. Children living in poverty are more likely to be in poor health, less likely to graduate high school on time, and more likely to live in poverty as an adult. In 2000, one out of every ten children in Colorado lived in poverty. By 2012, that number had grown to one out of every six.
Ensuring that children are properly clothed and have the necessary supplies to participate in school can have a dramatic effect because it helps children stay in school, promotes learning, and promotes positive self-esteem. The Educational Services of America (ESA) learned through the district truancy officer that, in many cases, "students were not coming to class simply because they didn't have clothes or school supplies."
Since our founding in 2008, A Precious Child, Inc. has supported kids in Colorado by providing them with basic essentials. This year, the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce recognized our efforts by honoring us with the 2014 Business Awards Large Nonprofit Organization of the Year Award. We hope you will join us in supporting kids in Colorado! Read more about A Precious Child here.