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 coalition on prenatal, infant and toddler progress seeks members

Colorado coalition on prenatal, infant and toddler progress seeks members
Written by: Jacy Montoya Price
Date Posted: June 15, 2018

Please consider joining a workgroup to help establish the priorities and activities of the Prenatal, Infant, Toddler Coalition. Workgroups will meet through the summer months to explore and inform the policy platform and advocacy plan that the coalition will undertake.

Fast Fact–June 15, 2018

Fast Fact–June 15, 2018
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: June 15, 2018

Between 2012 and 2016, 17.4 percent of Colorado’s children under 6 lived below the federal poverty line. Because brain development is so significant in the first few years of life, poverty experienced during early childhood is particularly harmful; one study found that people who experienced […]

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.

Advocates bring first Strolling ThunderTM event to Colorado

a baby in a stroller
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: May 11, 2018

Advocates for pregnant women, babies and toddlers came to the State Capitol this week for Colorado’s first Strolling ThunderTM event. The rally, march and baby playdate were held simultaneously with the national event coordinated by ZERO TO THREE as part of the national Think Babies campaign.

Young children are big winners of the 2018 session

A woman and her baby at an event
Written by: Bill Jaeger
Date Posted: May 10, 2018

This session saw some of the most significant investments in the policy action and investments in the financing of early childhood learning and development than we’ve seen in years. Every single win had bipartisan sponsorship, as well as bipartisan votes of support in each chamber, which is a testam

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: