Author Archives: Tara Manthey

Tara Manthey

About Tara Manthey

Tara McLain Manthey joined Colorado Children's Campaign as Communications Director in May 2012. She previously worked in communications at The Kempe Foundation for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect in Aurora and Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families in Little Rock, Ark. Tara was a newspaper reporter covering education and government for nine years in Oregon, Washington state and Arkansas. A native of the Colorado mountain region and an alumna of the University of Colorado at Boulder, Tara lives in Denver with her husband and two small children.

Election Brings Shifting Landscape for Policies Impacting Kids

This week we cheered the passage of a new minimum wage in Colorado that will boost the incomes of thousands of Colorado families so they can have more access to opportunity. At the same time, we were disappointed that a …

Posted in KidsFlash, Legislative |


Founders, Friends and Supporters Welcome Kelly Causey

This week our founders, former leaders and many long-time supporters gathered to give a warm welcome to our new President and CEO Kelly Causey. All of our founders were able to join us, as well as former long-time leaders Chris …

Posted in Development, Fast Facts, KidsFlash |


Lack of Preschool Access in Southwest Denver Highlighted by Parents

Young children in Southwest Denver don’t have equitable access to quality preschool programs compared to children in other neighborhoods, according to a report released this week by Padres & Jóvenes Unidos. The report, “The Great Unequalizer: How Denver’s Pre-K System Fails …

Posted in K-12 Education, KidsFlash |


Our Priorities for the 2016 Colorado Legislative Session

Legislators from across the state will gather in Denver next week for the beginning of the annual legislative session. The Colorado General Assembly will meet for 120 days to examine hundreds of proposed new bills and grapple with a difficult …

Posted in KidsFlash, Legislative |


30 Years BOLD: Founder Dr. Paul Melinkovich

This year we celebrate 30 years of the Colorado Children’s Campaign’s work to ensure every chance for every child in our state. Help us reflect on our shared success by following our series of 30 KidsFlash stories of our founders, …

Posted in 30th Anniversary, KidsFlash |


Coalition Calls for Transformation of Aurora Schools

A coalition of concerned parents, students, educators, advocates and community members is calling for significant changes in the direction of Aurora Public Schools. At a press conference this week, Aurora parents asked district leaders to better inform families about the performance …

Posted in K-12 Education, KidsFlash |


Early Years Roadmap for Colorado Released

The Colorado Early Childhood Leadership Commission this week released a revised framework for improving the lives of Colorado kids from birth through age 8. The new Early Childhood Framework outlines shared values, strategies and outcomes for communities working to improve …

Posted in Early Childhood, KidsFlash |


KIDS COUNT Postcard from Northern Colorado

This week we visited communities across Northern Colorado to share information on child well-being from our annual KIDS COUNT in Colorado! report. The Early Childhood Council of Larimer County hosted a packed presentation in Fort Collins. We then traveled over …

Posted in KidsFlash, Outreach |


Food Insecurity Grant Opportunity

Kaiser Permanente is requesting proposals from non-profits working to prevent food insecurity. Grants will support increasing enrollment in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and increasing participation in the Summer Food Service Program. Eligible organizations must be a 501c(3) with an annual …

Posted in KidsFlash |


Foundations Pledge Support for LARC Program

Colorado-based philanthropic foundations have pledged nearly $2 million to help Colorado women to continue to access to family planning services. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment announced this week that the temporary support will allow the Colorado Family …

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