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.

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.

Full-day Kindergarten One Step Closer to Reality

a child reading in a classroom
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: March 22, 2019

This week Colorado took a few big steps closer to fully funding full-day kindergarten across the state. As of press time we are hearing that legislators plan to introduce a bill as soon as today. This long-awaited legislation would ensure every kindergartener who wants it can access a full day of learning, no matter their zip code.

Capitol Update: Big progress for kids as school removal, paid family leave and bill protecting health care consumers move forward.

Riley Kitts recaps week 12 at the state capitol
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: March 22, 2019

Each week during the 2019 session of the Colorado General Assembly, we bring you the latest news and analysis of legislation impacting the early development, health, and education of Colorado kids. See our website for complete analysis, testimony, fact sheets, vote totals, and other information to help you stay informed.

In 10 years, we can cut U.S. child poverty in half. Here’s how.

A baby laugh and clapping
Written by: Sarah Barnes
Date Posted: March 8, 2019

Last week, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released a consensus study report, A Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty. The report comes out of a multi-year analysis of child poverty in the United States by a committee of experts, and includes recommendations to achieve the goal of reducing the number of U.S. children living in poverty by half in 10 years.

Kindergarten NOW Coalition launches campaign with website, meetings, advocacy day and more

Kids and their teacher in a class room
Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: March 1, 2019

The push is on to make full-day kindergarten available in 2019 to every child in Colorado—no matter their zip code. The Kindergarten NOW Coalition has launched a website, www.fulldayK.co, that we hope you’ll share with your networks, friends and family. Read more about the proposal to fully fund full-day kindergarten, read what Coloradans are saying about it, and take action by reaching out to your legislators in our easy advocacy system.