Category: KidsFlash

Capitol Updates: Exclusionary discipline for young children, charter funding, and contraceptive supplies bills move forward

Each week of the 2017 session of the Colorado General Assembly we’ll bring you the latest news and analysis of legislation impacting the early development, health and education of Colorado kids. Click here for a full list of the legislation …

Posted in KidsFlash, Legislative |


Coloradans would lose coverage, financial support under federal health proposal

Two reports out this week about proposed changes to the federal health care law show it would result in hundreds of thousands of Coloradans losing health coverage, while costing the state of Colorado billions of dollars. The non-partisan Congressional Budget …

Posted in Child Health, KidsFlash |


Broad coalition of child advocates urges action on federal education plan

This week the Equity in Colorado Coalition submitted feedback in a letter to Commissioner of Education Katy Anthes and other key policymakers in response to the State’s proposed plan for implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA was …

Posted in KidsFlash, Outreach |


Get to know us: Bill Jaeger

Bill is our Vice President of Early Childhood Initiatives and has spent more than a fifteen years teaching, studying, and working on issues in public education and public policy. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and a master’s …

Posted in KidsFlash, Outreach |


We have answers to our most burning public health questions thanks to the endangered Health Colorado Kids Survey

Curious whether more high school students are using marijuana now that retail sales are legal? Check the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey. Wondering how many hours of screen time they are getting each week? Check the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey. Interested …

Posted in KidsFlash, Research |


Fast Fact- March 17, 2017

In the 2016-2017 school year, 42 percent of all Colorado students qualified for free or reduced price lunch, up from 34 percent in 2007-2008. In order to qualify for free or reduced price lunch, a student must live in a …

Posted in Fast Facts, KidsFlash |


HB 17-1211 (Coleman/Priola) Disciplinary Strategies Professional Development for Educators

Summary: This bill would create the Discipline Strategies Pilot Program to provide funds to school districts for professional development for educators in the use of evidence-based, culturally responsive disciplinary training and developmentally appropriate responses to the behavioral issues of young …

Posted in Capitol Update, KidsFlash |


HB 17-1210 (Lontine & Buckner/Priola & Fields) Addressing Out-of-School Suspension & Expulsion of Young Children

Summary: A high quality, nurturing environment in the early school years unlocks the potential of all of our children to learn about themselves and the world. Currently, too few children are on track for success by the end of third …

Posted in Capitol Update, KidsFlash |


HB17-1201 (Coleman/Zenzinger & Priola) Science Technology Engineering Math Diploma Endorsement

Summary: The bill authorizes a school district, board of cooperative services, or institute charter high school (local education provider) to grant a high school diploma endorsement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to students who demonstrate mastery in STEM. …

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HB 17-1186 (Pettersen & Landgraf/Coram) Health Coverage Prescription Contraceptives Supply

Summary: This bill requires health benefit plans that provide contraception coverage to reimburse providers for initially dispensing a three-month supply of prescription contraceptives and subsequently for dispensing a 12-month supply of the same prescription contraceptive to the insured person. Position: …

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