Conflict & Justice

Fastest climbing US child poverty rates are in Colorado

The state of Colorado has the fastest growing rate of child poverty in the U.S. The poverty isn't evenly distributed, however: When the Colorado Children's Campaign attempted to put that statistic into context, they discovered a vast gulf between rates of poverty for Hispanic children and white children.

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But the problem doesn't, as you might expect, stem from communities of new immigrants - but rather from Hispanic communities that have been in Colorado for generations. Chris Watney, President of the Colorado Children's Campaign, joins us with her thoughts on why child poverty is on the rise in some communities, but not in others. And James Mejia, CEO of the Denver Pre-school Program and a leader in the Hispanic community, offers insight and solutions to the problem.