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.

State Board of Education completes standards review and revision process

education standard 2016 and 2020
Written by: Stephanie Perez-Carrillo
Date Posted: June 22, 2018

Last week the State Board of Education approved the final three content areas in a process to review and revise the Colorado Academic Standards (CAS). The standards provide a grade-by-grade road map of learning expectations to define what students should know, understand and be able to do.

Colorado Teaching Policy Fellowship now open

Colorado Teaching Policy Fellowship now open
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: June 22, 2018

Teach Plus opened applications for the 2018-2019 Colorado Teaching Policy Fellowship. The Colorado Teach Plus Policy Fellowship is a highly selective leadership opportunity for outstanding Colorado teachers looking to deepen their knowledge of education policy and gain a voice in decisions that affect students and the teaching profession.

Join the ESSA Committee of Practitioners

Join the ESSA Committee of Practitioners
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: June 22, 2018

CDE is seeking additional members for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Committee of Practitioners. The committee advises the state in carrying out its responsibilities under ESSA.

School safety: What is being done in Colorado?

Two young boys at the Colorado state capitol, waving Colorado flags
Written by: Stephanie Perez-Carrillo
Date Posted: June 1, 2018

In the wake of recent school shootings around the nation, Colorado advocates and lawmakers have dedicated increased attention to ensuring kids are safe at school. During the past few weeks, Gov. John Hickenlooper has signed several bills (listed below) creating grant programs aimed at making schools safer.

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.

Department of Education Approves Colorado’s ESSA State Plan

classroom and at Clayton
Written by: Stephanie Perez-Carrillo
Date Posted: May 11, 2018

Just this week the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) approved Colorado’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) State Plan. Colorado was one of the first states in the nation to submit its state plan just over a year ago.