Outcome: Ready for School

Indicator: Children ages 3 and 4 Enrolled in Preschool

Significance of this indicator:

Participation in high-quality early childhood care and education programs can have positive effects on children’s cognitive, language, and social development, particularly among children at risk for poor outcomes. Sometimes these effects fade in the early school years, but the impacts of some programs have continued into later school years and adulthood. - See more at: http://www.childtrends.org/?indicators=early-childhood-program-enrollment#sthash.U3pUSA51.dpuf.

 

Child Trends Databank. (2014). Early childhood program enrollment. Available at: http://www.childtrends.org/?indicators=early-childhood-program-enrollment - See more at: http://www.childtrends.org/?indicators=early-childhood-program-enrollment#_edn1

How we are doing on this indicator:

About half of Colorado children ages 3 and 4 have been enrolled in preschool since 2008.  Pueblo county's preschool enrollment for children ages 3 and 4 was 13.2 percentage points lower than Colorado as a whole in the 2008-2012 year span, but during the 2009-2013 year span, Pueblo's enrollment rate went up and now is 9.5 percentage points lower than Colorado as a whole.

 

What the Data Tell Us

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Definition:  Children ages 3 and 4 who are enrolled in preschool, as reported by the child's parent(s) or caregiver(s).

Data Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, provided by the Colorado Children's Campaign and/or National KIDS Count Program.

Data Considerations: Due to a small sample size, the estimates for small counties may have large margins of error. Please use caution when interpreting estimates for counties with small populations.