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.

School Lunch for All

School Lunch for All
Written by: Stephanie Perez-Carrillo
Date Posted: July 24, 2020

A national campaign to support universal school meals for all kids has reignited. Universal school meals ensure that all kids, regardless of their parent’s income, have free access to school meals including breakfast, lunch and after school snacks.

School Finance Act lays important foundation for future property tax reform

School Finance Act lays important foundation for future property tax reform
Written by: Leslie Colwell
Date Posted: June 19, 2020

At 56 pages, this year’s School Finance Act (SFA) was longer than usual and included a number of technical and substantive changes that were necessary because of the COVID-19 crisis. One of the more complicated changes establishes a placeholder that could potentially address a long-standing structural problem in Colorado’s property tax system that funds education.

Colorado Education Policy Cohort Applications Available

Colorado Education Policy Cohort Applications Available
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: June 5, 2020

The goal of UCD’s School of Public Affairs Colorado Education Policy Cohort is to provide ten months of professional development for individuals who seek a stronger understanding of key education policy issues in Colorado.

Joint Budget Committee actions and our policy priorities

Joint Budget Committee actions and our policy priorities
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: May 22, 2020

Colorado’s Joint Budget Committee (JBC) has been making budget cuts since they reconvened on May 4, trying to make up for the $3.3 billion General Fund shortfall due to the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

Coalition encourages Colorado General Assembly to prioritize equity and need in distribution of K-12 dollars through the School Finance Act

Coalition encourages Colorado General Assembly to prioritize equity and need in distribution of K-12 dollars through the School Finance Act
Written by: Leslie Colwell
Date Posted: May 22, 2020

This week, the Children’s Campaign joined three dozen child advocacy organizations, early childhood education providers and school districts working with and on behalf of Colorado K-12 students and their families, in a letter to encourage legislators to target limited resources where they will make the biggest difference for kids in the School Finance Act.

Launched this Week: K-3 Literacy Lessons on Rocky Mountain PBS!

Launched this Week: K-3 Literacy Lessons on Rocky Mountain PBS!
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: May 22, 2020

In response to school closures across Colorado Rocky Mountain Public Media, in partnership with the Office of the Governor, the Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Education Initiative, will provide K-3 learners, their families and caregivers with direct-to-home remote literacy learning via broadcast and online.

A new toolkit for Colorado teachers will help them assess students’ physical and emotional health in their virtual classroom environments

A new toolkit for Colorado teachers will help them assess students’ physical and emotional health in their virtual classroom environments
Written by: Stephanie Perez-Carrillo
Date Posted: May 15, 2020

We recently celebrated teachers for the incredible work they do to support students and families during teacher appreciation week. We know a teacher’s reach goes far beyond classroom walls and is much more than teaching standards, shepherding students through curriculum and administering assessments. Often teachers also serve as trusted adults who monitor the emotional and physical health of their students.