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.

Share your perspective on how to strengthen Colorado’s early childhood care and education system

Share your perspective on how to strengthen Colorado’s early childhood care and education system
Written by: Jacy Montoya Price
Date Posted: July 26, 2019

As part of the Colorado Shines Brighter Preschool Development Grant Birth Through Five, the Office of Early Childhood and the Colorado Health Institute are hosting a series of focus groups across the state with parents and caregivers and with early childhood educators, service providers, and other stakeholders, now through August 8th.

Share your perspective on Colorado’s infant and family child care shortage

Senate Bill 19-063 discussion meeting
Written by: Jacy Montoya Price
Date Posted: July 12, 2019

Join the Raise Colorado coalition for one of two discussions of Senate Bill 19-063 (SB 63) and its requirement that Colorado create an Infant and Family Child Care Action Plan. The meetings will include a presentation of the SB 63 process by Kristen Lang of the Office of Early Childhood (OEC) and a facilitated discussion of the barriers and solutions to Colorado’s infant and family child care shortage.

This week in bill signings: Full-day K, Census grants, and more

Full day K gets signed into law
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: May 24, 2019

This week the Children’s Campaign was proud to join Gov. Jared Polis, lawmakers and advocates at several bill signing ceremonies. On Tuesday, we joined educators and children at Stedman Elementary in Denver to celebrate the signing of the full-day kindergarten bill.

High quality early childhood education is a tool to break the cycle of poverty

a child in a stroller
Written by: Bill Jaeger
Date Posted: May 17, 2019

This week, Nobel Laureate economist James Heckman released his team’s latest findings about the long-term, and now inter-generational, impacts of targeted, high quality early childhood investments. He based his findings on longitudinal data from the Perry Preschool Program that began more than five decades ago.

Precious Loss gives a face and voice to the families who experience infant loss

Panelists, including moderator Deidre Johnson, CEO and Executive Director of Center for African American Health, Joy Reynolds-Senyah, Outreach Coordinator for Families Forward Resource Center's Healthy Babies Strong Families Program, Demetra Seriki, Registered Certified Professional Midwife of A Mother’s Choice Midwifery, and Briana Simmons, Reproductive Justice Program Manager of Soul 2 Soul Sisters, shared their insights, advice, and calls to action to help ensure Black families not only survive but thrive through pregnancy, labor and delivery, and the first year of life
Written by: Jacy Montoya Price
Date Posted: April 19, 2019

Infant and maternal health advocates gathered on Tuesday, April 16 for a screening and panel discussion of Precious Loss, a Rocky Mountain PBS documentary that investigates why, despite their wealth, their bachelor’s degrees or their age, Black families are three times more likely to lose their babies before the child has a first birthday than their White counterparts.

Raise Colorado introduced to legislators with baby plants

Raise Colorado introduction to Colorado state legislators holding plants
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: April 12, 2019

On Thursday, Raise Colorado coalition leaders formally introduced themselves and the work they do, advocating on issues affecting expecting families, pregnant people, infants and toddlers by hand delivering 100 succulents in baby-themed planters to every Colorado legislator.

Parents and advocates rally for full-day kindergarten

Gov. Jared Polis joined in a mini-rally in the West Foyer, along with bill sponsors Rep. Barbara McLachlan, Rep. Jim Wilson and Sen. Jeff Bridges
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: April 5, 2019

This week the Kindergarten NOW Coalition hosted parents, advocates and educators at the Capitol to push full-day kindergarten legislation over the finish line. We tracked down legislators in halls and offices, and joined Gov. Jared Polis in a mini-rally in the West Foyer, along with bill sponsors Rep. Barbara McLachlan, Rep. Jim Wilson and Sen. Jeff Bridges.

Learn more about maternal mortality disparities in Colorado

Precious Loss Movie poster
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: March 29, 2019

Join the Raise Colorado coalition, the American Academy of Pediatrics – Colorado Chapter, and other partners on Tuesday, April 16 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm at the Bug Theatre (3654 Navajo St.) for a screening and panel discussion of Precious Loss.