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.

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.

Join Us for a virtual discussion with national and local education leaders

Join Us for a virtual discussion with national and local education leaders
Written by: Leslie Colwell
Date Posted: May 8, 2020

Join us on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 for a discussion covering how our state’s rapidly declining revenues could impact school district budgets and what districts can do to ensure the impact does not disproportionately impact our students with the most barriers to opportunity.

Colorado’s Hispanic/Latino students disproportionately lack internet access—how will schools reach them now?

Internet access for school age kids
Written by: Erica Manoatl
Date Posted: May 1, 2020

A child’s access to public education in Colorado has two new prerequisites: a laptop and a reliable home internet connection. At a time when districts must move to remote learning in the face of COVID-19, the digital divide between Coloradans becomes a central concern to the delivery of public education. Which students in our state have lost access to an education entirely, and how will that loss impact them in the long term? 

Feds approve several waivers to ensure all students have access to food

Feds approve several waivers to ensure all students have access to food
Written by: Stephanie Perez-Carrillo
Date Posted: May 1, 2020

In the last several weeks more than 800 feeding sites have opened across Colorado in order to meet the rapidly changing needs of Colorado students and families during the COVID-19 outbreak. Thoughtful actions and advocacy have meant that despite social distancing and stay at home orders, extreme measures are being taken to ensure all students have access to food.

School district survey shows student emotional needs and instructional support are top concerns during the pandemic

School district survey shows student emotional needs and instructional support are top concerns during the pandemic
Written by: Leslie Colwell
Date Posted: April 24, 2020

Since the coronavirus crisis took hold in Colorado, we’ve worked quickly across all of the areas in which we work to understand how the pandemic is impacting children in Colorado. This week, the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) and the Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) released the findings of a comprehensive survey that was administered to school and district leaders in the first two weeks of April. As schools have closed to slow the spread of COVID-19, the survey results highlight the top needs school leaders are seeing in their communities.