Healthy Kids Colorado Survey and Smart Source Information

Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (HKCS) and Colorado Healthy Schools Smart Source (Smart Source), are Colorado’s widely-administered surveys on the health and well-being of young people and school health policies and practices that support youth health. Data from HKCS and Smart Source are complementary and can be used together to provide a more complete picture of youth and school health. Check out this video to learn more!

The surveys, conducted in the fall of odd-numbered years, are supported by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS), the Colorado Department of Public Safety (CDPS), the Colorado Department of Education (CDE), and an advisory group of state and local partners. The surveys are administered by a team of researchers at the Colorado School of Public Health (CSPH) at the  University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.  

CDPHE analyzes aggregated statewide and regional survey results, while the CSPH Survey Team aids schools and districts with accessing and interpreting their local results.

Click here to learn more about the Smart Source Surveyincluding methodology, use of data, and how this resource complements the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey.


Healthy Kids Colorado Survey:


2021 HKCS Information:

Below are the HKCS standard and censored instruments. With skip logic and different high school modules, not all students are asked all questions. 
School districts can further modify the survey to meet the needs of their community, so please check with your district about the survey version.

Statewide and regional data:
For Schools and School Districts:
  • CDPHE does not have access to data at the school or district level.

  • For school or district data requests, contact the CSPH Survey Team at


2020 HKCS Supplement: COVID-19

During the fall of 2020, middle and high schools that participated in HKCS in 2019 were invited to participate in a small, supplemental administration to measure the impact of COVID-19 on the health of young people.


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