KidsFlash Blog

Our KidsFlash blog helps child advocates and policymakers stay up to date on the latest child well-being news from the Colorado State Capitol and around the state. Find data and research on child health, early childhood education and development, K-12 education, and more. Track important legislation and policies affecting Colorado's kids. Get the inside scoop on the Children's Campaign's outreach efforts - including information on important fundraising and advocacy events, as well as efforts being undertaken by the It's About Kids and Circle of Friends networks. The KidsFlash blog is your connection to the resources and information your need to make a difference in the lives of Colorado's children.

Colorado State Human Services Board increases assistance for low-income families for first time in nearly a decade

Basic cash assistance reporting
Written by: Erin Miller
Date Posted: July 13, 2018

Last Friday, after five hours of deliberation and testimony, the State Human Services Board voted to increase cash assistance to low income families by 10 percent! This was the first increase in basic cash assistance in more than a decade and is a huge win for low-income families participating in the Colorado Works program.

House approves harmful Farm Bill

House approves harmful Farm Bill
Written by: Stephanie Perez-Carrillo
Date Posted: June 22, 2018

The U.S. House voted 213-211 yesterday, to approve a harmful bill that would take away food assistance from 2 million Americans, including children, seniors, and veterans. Last month the House voted on a motion to reconsider the Farm Bill, and it returned to the House floor just yesterday.

Effort to cut CHIP funds dies in U.S. Senate

Effort to cut CHIP funds dies in U.S. Senate
Written by: Erin Miller
Date Posted: June 22, 2018

A bill that would have reduced CHIP funds by $7 billion failed in the Senate on Wednesday afternoon. The bill would have taken money already approved by Congress from two CHIP accounts, including one that is reserved as a contingency fund to support states that have an unanticipated increase in enrollment due to a natural disaster or economic depression.

School safety: What is being done in Colorado?

Two young boys at the Colorado state capitol, waving Colorado flags
Written by: Stephanie Perez-Carrillo
Date Posted: June 1, 2018

In the wake of recent school shootings around the nation, Colorado advocates and lawmakers have dedicated increased attention to ensuring kids are safe at school. During the past few weeks, Gov. John Hickenlooper has signed several bills (listed below) creating grant programs aimed at making schools safer.

LEGISLATIVE IMPACTS 2018

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: May 18, 2018

The 2018 session of the Colorado General Assembly resulted in several wins for Colorado kids and families. The Colorado Children’s Campaign team and our partners were instrumental in advancing legislation with bipartisan support this year in many areas impacting children’s lives.

State Board of Human Services Approves SNAP Expansion

healthy food on the table
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: May 11, 2018

Last week, the Colorado State Board of Human Services approved several changes to Colorado’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (or SNAP) to make the program more efficient and effective. One of these changes was increasing the gross income eligibility threshold for food assistance from 130 percent of the federal poverty level to 200 percent of the federal poverty level.