Tickets for this year’s Annual Luncheon are available online!

annual-luncheon-spotlight-get-your-tickets-today-copyThe Colorado Children’s Campaign Annual Luncheon is one of our most important events every year and serves as our largest fundraiser. The Luncheon has become a Colorado tradition as 800 of Colorado’s most influential community and business leaders, child advocates and service providers from across the state come together to support the Children’s Campaign and examine the most pressing issues facing our kids.

Please join us Wednesday, Dec. 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Seawell Grand Ballroom at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Our inspiring conversation will be led by our featured speaker Wes Moore, a national youth advocate, military officer, Rhodes Scholar and author of “The Other Wes Moore.” Click HERE to purchase your tickets today!

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Colorado’s High School Graduation Rate Holds Steady

After increasing steadily for five years, Colorado’s high school graduation rate remained steady in 2014-15, according to the Colorado Department of Education. The on-time graduation rate, which reflects students graduating in four years, continues to be 77 percent.

It is important to note that the reported data omit students who have taken five or six years to complete high school. These five- and six-year students complete high school at a slightly higher rate, 82 percent and 83 percent respectively. Some of these students are enrolled in programs like Accelerating Students Through Concurrent Enrollment (ASCENT), a fifth-year program which allows students to participate in concurrent enrollment the year after 12th grade and earn postsecondary credentials. In 2014-15, more than 1,200 students from more than 40 districts were selected to participate in ASCENT. These students are 23 percent more likely to enroll in college and 10 percent less likely to need remediation.

Currently, local school boards in Colorado are working towards full implementation of graduation guidelines for all Colorado students graduating in 2021. This menu includes acceptable scores and requirements for Advanced Placement courses, SAT and ACT scores, industry certifications and district capstones, among others. The way the graduation rate is measured will remain consistent, but students will have many options by which to demonstrate college or career readiness in English and math.

High school graduation rates across the country increased for the fourth year in a row, reaching 83 percent, up from 79 percent. Read more in Education Week.

Posted in K-12 Education, KidsFlash |

Report on Uninsured Kids Finds Sharpest Two-Year Decline in Child Uninsured Rate on Record

uninsuredThe Georgetown University Center for Children and Families recently released a 50-state report showing sharp declines in kids’ uninsured rates between 2013 and 2015, as the major provisions of the Affordable Care Act took effect. This report allows us to compare our success with other states

Between 2013 and 2015, Colorado saw the third-greatest decline in the rate of uninsured kids of any state. You can read more about Colorado’s gains in our earlier KidsFlash story.

Nationwide, children across all racial groups saw improvements due to the Affordable Care Act, but structural barriers remain to insuring some kids.  American Indian/Alaska Native children remain the most likely to be uninsured. Coverage for Hispanic children, who can be of any race, continued to lag at 92.5 percent. White children who are not Hispanic saw the highest rate of coverage at 96.2 percent. We must continue to think about policy solutions that address the barriers to health insurance coverage for uninsured children so that the kids most in need of the access to health services and financial protection that insurance coverage provides can get enrolled.


Posted in Child Health, KidsFlash |

KIDS COUNT Tour Visits Lamar and Trinidad

The Children’s Campaign continued its 2016 KIDS COUNT tour last week with two stops in southeastern Colorado. Claire McKeever, Katie Creedon and Bill Jaeger from the Children’s Campaign had the opportunity to share local child well-being data in Lamar and Trinidad, as well as to hear from community experts about issues facing kids and families in their region. Thank you to IAK Leaders Courtney Holt-Rogers of the Prowers County Department of Social Services and Jennifer Sanchez McDonald of the HuLa Early Childhood Council for organizing these events.

Leaders in Lamar, Trinidad and surrounding communities are advancing child well-being in many ways, and we were fortunate to hear about ongoing investments to support the early development, health, and educational opportunities for children. Leaders cited the challenges that opioid use has created in their communities and the need to design effective prevention strategies and interventions that support families facing these challenges.


While in Lamar, we had the opportunity to visit the HOPE Center, a nonprofit that provides after school programming for students of all ages in the Lamar School District. Project Director Lori Hammer showed us classrooms where nearly 200 students gather each day for homework help, snacks and fun activities. In addition to after school tutoring and programs, HOPE Center also organizes field trips during the summer, runs a leadership program for older students and hosts a monthly teen drug prevention meeting. In the 12 years they’ve been operating, HOPE Center has played an important role providing services and mentorship for hundreds of students in Lamar. We’re grateful to Lori and Anita for taking the time to share their stories and tell us about the great work they’re doing for kids!


The 2016 KIDS COUNT tour will make its final stop in Yuma on Thursday, Nov. 10. We’re grateful to everyone who has joined us at a KIDS COUNT presentation this year.

Posted in KidsFlash, Outreach |

Share your Perceptions of the Colorado Academic Standards with the Colorado Department of Education

The Colorado Department of Education invites all stakeholders in public education to share their perceptions of the Colorado Academic Standards in an online survey through Nov. 13. Results from the survey will inform planning for the upcoming review of the standards, required by Senate Bill 08-212, known as Colorado’s Achievement Plan for Kids (CAP4K). The law requires a review and revision of the standards before July of 2018 and every six years thereafter.

In November CDE will also launch an online feedback system for Coloradans to provide specific feedback on every expectation within the 10 content areas. In early 2017, CDE will provide more information about the timeline and phases of the review and revision process. Read about the standards and the survey here. Questions and comments can be sent to


Posted in K-12 Education, KidsFlash |

New Website: Learn More about Fluoridation in Colorado

flouridationColorado is a leader in water fluoridation, which helps improve children’s health. About 74 percent of our state’s residents have access to water with fluoride. This naturally occurring mineral comes from our mountain water. It hardens tooth enamel and protects against decay. Water fluoridation was named one of the 10 greatest public health achievements of the 20th century and has been part of our public health approach for more than 70 years. Erin Miller, Vice President of Health Initiatives at the Colorado Children’s Campaign observed, “Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children in the United States. Fluoridation is one of the best ways to prevent tooth decay, fillings, and missing teeth in kids. Protecting kids’ healthy smiles helps to avert long-term health care costs and productivity losses, and leads to higher incomes later in life.”

In order to build on this effort, Healthier Colorado launched a new website about water fluoridation in the state. The site provides facts, answers questions and includes testimonials from trusted Coloradans. Check it out here.

Posted in Child Health, KidsFlash, Outreach |

Register and vote Yes on 72

In Colorado, you can register to vote up until Election Day on Nov. 8, but if you want your ballot by mail you need to register by Monday, Oct. 31. Register here and vote Yes on 72.  Amendment 72 will  raise the price of cigarettes in the state, which is the most effective way to stop kids from smoking. The money raised by the new tax will fund programs ranging from those that help people quit smoking to medical research on smoking-related diseases like lung cancer; from veterans’ health services to medical improvements for clinics treating underserved Coloradans, all of the money raised by the tax is accounted for and targeted where it can do the most good for those most affected by smoking. Do you have questions about Colorado’s tobacco tax initiative, Amendment 72? Read more here. Want to know why we say #VoteYeson72? Check out this video from @HealthyCo2016


Posted in Child Health, KidsFlash, Legislative |

Fast Fact – October 28, 2016

In 2014-15, Colorado’s dropout rate was 2.5 percent (11,114 students), up slightly from 2.4 percent (10,546 students) in 2013-14. This 0.1 percentage point increase, the first in several years, represents almost 600 additional students who dropped out during the 2014-15 school year. Without a high school diploma, young adults face slim odds of finding a job that pays enough to support themselves or a family, making them twice as likely to live in poverty as those who earn a high school diploma. To find the dropout rate in your district, please visit the KIDS COUNT Data Center.

Posted in KidsFlash |

We Support Increasing the Minimum Wage in Colorado

Decades of research show that children who experience poverty are more likely to have health problems, more likely to start school at a disadvantage, less likely to graduate high school on time and more likely to live in poverty as an adult. Unfortunately, poverty and the challenges that often accompany it—a lack of access to healthy foods, crowded or substandard housing and high levels of stress, for example—are preventing too many Colorado children from being able to reach their goals.

The Colorado Children’s Campaign Board of Directors and staff support Amendment 70, which would gradually increase the minimum wage to $12 per hour, because it would raise the incomes of thousands of families living in financial stress and enable them to access more opportunity for their children. A number of studies on the impacts of increasing the minimum wage have shown that these policies reduce the risk of early childbirth, raise birth weight, and improve infants’ future educational and financial prospects.

Currently, a full-time worker earning the minimum wage of $8.31 per hour earns about $17,000 per year, only slightly above the federal poverty level for a family of two. If Amendment 70 passes, incomes are projected to increase for 20 percent of all households in Colorado, including 200,000 households with children. Most of the increased earnings would impact workers over 20 years of age, and households earning less than $60,000 annually.

Raising the minimum wage to $12 per hour would benefit all workers, including approximately 16 percent of white workers, 28 percent of Latino workers and 30 percent of black workers. In recent years, a coalition of worker advocates, including many organizations who work directly with low-income workers and communities of color, has advocated for increasing the state minimum wage so that it better represents costs of living.

If the measure passes, the Children’s Campaign will work with policymakers to reduce the impact of unintended consequences in critical areas. This includes ensuring that families have access to quality, affordable child care. We also want to ensure that individuals who are eligible for subsidized health coverage through the state insurance marketplace use that coverage, and do so at a level that maximizes their potential benefits while providing as much financial protection as possible.

For more information about the measure, visit To read more about our position on other measure on the 2016 ballot, please visit our online Election Center.

Posted in KidsFlash, Legislative |

Early Childhood Discipline Focus

Advocates and educators continue to dig into the issue of early childhood discipline as a months-long effort to gather information and build awareness draws to a close. In September, stakeholders met for an evening meeting at Hope Center to hear from a panel of parents, a teacher and community leaders. People in attendance explored potential solutions to address the issue of suspensions and expulsions of young children. In October, stakeholders met at the Corky Gonzales Library and heard presentations from the Colorado Department of Education and Padres & Jóvenes Unidos parent organizers.

This series of meetings is being hosted by Rep. Susan Lontine, in partnership with the Equity in Early Childhood Committee (Clayton Early Learning, Colorado Children’s Campaign, Denver Chapter of the National Black Child Development Institute , Hope Center, Institute for Racial Equity & Excellence (IREE)  and Padres & Jóvenes Unidos). The meetings are being held over the summer and fall to discuss the topic of early childhood discipline and policy options for Colorado to consider in the 2017 legislative session. Over the course of these meetings, the conveners have encouraged the sharing experiences, perspectives and ideas on discipline practices for young children and how we can reduce and, ultimately, eliminate the need to suspend and expel young children from safe and stimulating settings during their most sensitive times.

Please consider attending the final stakeholder meeting, which will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016, from noon to 2 p.m. For more information about the stakeholder process, please visit the new Equity in Early Childhood website.

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