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.

Fast Fact–April 13, 2018

Fast Fact–April 13, 2018
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: April 13, 2018

In the 2017-2018 school year, 78 percent of Colorado kindergartners were enrolled in a full-day program, up from only 14 percent in 2001-2002.

Commerce Secretary adds citizenship question to 2020 Census, jeopardizing accuracy amidst other challenges

Commerce Secretary adds citizenship question to 2020 Census, jeopardizing accuracy amidst other challenges
Written by: Sarah Hughes
Date Posted: April 6, 2018

We were disappointed to learn last week that U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross ignored the advice of experts and bowed to political pressure to add an untested question about citizenship to the 2020 Census. For the first time in 70 years, the Census questionnaire that goes to every household in the United States will ask respondents to answer a question about the citizenship status of each household resident.

Joint Budget Committee Figure Setting

Joint Budget Committee Figure Setting
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: March 9, 2018

The Joint Budget Committee (JBC) is currently considering budget items and requests across state agencies and departments as part of the annual budgeting process. Here are some highlights of budget items that impact Colorado kids:

Colorado joins national Think Babies campaign

Colorado joins national Think Babies campaign
Written by: Jacy Montoya Price
Date Posted: March 9, 2018

We are excited to share a new opportunity that will help us make every baby in Colorado a priority. The Colorado Children’s Campaign and Clayton Early Learning have been selected as a state partner for ZERO TO THREE’s Think BabiesTM campaign.

More than half of Colorado children experience at least one adverse childhood experience

More than half of Colorado children experience at least one adverse childhood experience
Written by: Stephanie Perez-Carrillo
Date Posted: February 16, 2018

A brief released by Child Trends analyzes data from the National Survey of Children’s Health and reveals that 55 percent of Colorado children have experienced at least one adverse childhood experience (ACE), and roughly one in nine have experienced three or more ACEs, putting them in a category of especially high risk.

New federal spending plan has mixed news for Colorado kids

New federal spending plan has mixed news for Colorado kids
Written by: Sarah Barnes
Date Posted: February 12, 2018

This morning after an only hours-long government shut-down, Congress passed a long-term budget package that was signed into law by President Trump. The package keeps the government running for six weeks to allow lawmakers time to write a final federal budget for this year and provides longer term fiscal certainty through September 2019. The law includes funding for a number of programs that are critical for kids and families, including CHIP, home visiting, and child care. It also includes some concerning provisions, such as cuts to the Prevention and Public Health Fund and changes to third-party liability policy in Medicaid that could reduce access to care for pregnant women. And it is silent on a solution for the future of young people living, working, and parenting in our communities through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

New policies promote healthy eating and active living for school-age programs—thank you for speaking up!

New policies promote healthy eating and active living for school-age programs—thank you for speaking up!
Written by: Beza Taddess
Date Posted: February 12, 2018

The State Board of Human Services voted last Friday to upgrade Colorado’s policies regarding licensed school-age child care programs. Advocates, including the Colorado Children’s Campaign and other leading health organizations in the state, have been working with stakeholders and the Department of Human Services this past year to promote healthy environments in these settings.