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Sarah Hughes

About Sarah Hughes

Sarah Hughes is the Research Director for the Colorado Children’s Campaign. In this role, she leads the organization’s research efforts, including the development and publication of the annual KIDS COUNT in Colorado! report, and provides research and data support to advance the Children’s Campaign’s policy agenda. Prior to joining the Children’s Campaign, Sarah worked in PR and communications, as well as working directly with children and adolescents in various capacities. She holds a Master of Social Work with a specialization in Advocacy, Leadership and Social Change from the University of Illinois and a B.S. in Business and Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis.

CDPHE launches new resource for local-level immunizations data

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment this week launched a comprehensive new database containing data on immunization and exemption rates for nearly every Colorado school and school district, as well as for preschools, child care centers and Head …

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Do Children Fare Better in States that Spend More on Kids? A New Study from the Urban Institute Says Yes

A study released last week by the Urban Institute examined how state spending on children varies from state to state and found that kids’ health and education outcomes tend to be better in states that invest more in children. The …

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KIDS COUNT Tour Visits Grand Junction and Telluride

Earlier this week, a contingent of Children’s Campaign staff packed up and headed for the Western Slope for KIDS COUNT presentations and community visits in Grand Junction and Telluride. On Monday morning, Katie Creedon, Beza Taddess and I visited the …

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What is the Most Powerful Predictor of the Achievement Gap? The Answer Might Surprise You

A dimension of school segregation is the strongest predictor of the achievement gap between white students and students of color, according to a new Stanford study. The study, led by Stanford researcher Sean Reardon, analyzed an unprecedented 215 million test …

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More Eligible Colorado Kids Covered by Health Insurance

A new brief from the Colorado Health Institute shows that Colorado is doing a better job of making sure children who are eligible for public health insurance programs are actually covered. The new data show that in 2014, 9 percent …

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Charts and Graphs and…Bears? KIDS COUNT Tour Wraps Up in Aspen and Glenwood Springs

The Children’s Campaign wrapped up our tour around the state to present data on child well-being from our annual KIDS COUNT in Colorado! report with presentations in Leadville, Aspen and Glenwood Springs – and spotted some wildlife in the process. …

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Children’s Campaign Staff Visits Leadville Partners

As part of our KIDS COUNT tours, we are visiting local organizations in each community to broaden our understanding of issues facing children and families. While in Leadville, we had the pleasure of visiting Full Circle of Lake County to …

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Children’s Campaign Staff Visit Organizations in Durango and Ignacio

As part of our KIDS COUNT tours, we are visiting local organizations in each community to broaden our understanding of issues facing children and families. Last week, we were fortunate to visit two organizations doing great work for kids and …

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KIDS COUNT Tour Rolls On, with Stops in Longmont and Durango

The Children’s Campaign’s tour around the state to present data on child well-being from our annual KIDS COUNT in Colorado! report continued this week with stops in Longmont and Durango. The Early Childhood Council of Boulder County hosted us at …

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Colorado Child Poverty Rate Declines for Second Year

The child poverty rate in Colorado declined to 15.4 percent in 2014, the first time the state has seen a back-to-back decline since the annual measure began in 2000. The rate declined from 16.9 percent in 2013, making Colorado one …

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