03/10/2011 06:03 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Colorado Children's Campaign Report Shows More Kids Falling Into Poverty

From 2008-2009, 31,000 more children in Colorado fell below the poverty, 47,000 more children lived in a home where no parent had regular, full-time employment, and the median annual income for families with children dropped from $65,800 to $64,000.

That's all according to a report (PDF) released Thursday by the Colorado Children's campaign, a Denver-based non-profit that advocates for children's issues.

The report, entitled "2011 Kids Count in Colorado," detailed the effects of the recession on the well-being of Colorado families and children. The Colorado Children's Campaign emphasizes the extent to which families that had never before encountered significant economic hardship are now facing dire economic problems.

The report also found that The number of children whose families live in extreme poverty -- defined as a family of four making $11,000 or less annually -- climbed from 65,000 in 2008 to 95,000 in 2009.

In an introduction to the report, Colorado Children's Campaign Director Chris Watney said that, while much of the information in the study was shocking, "accurate data and information is the key to understanding the realities our kids are facing and for determining the best opportunities to protect them."

The 2011 edition was the 18th annual Kids Count report.