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.

Digital Learning Study Identifies Opportunities and Recommendations for Colorado

Digital Learning Study Identifies Opportunities and Recommendations for Colorado
Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: February 1, 2013

Digital learning opportunities are diverse in Colorado. From full-time online courses to the “blended” learning that integrates technology and class work, technology in education takes many shapes. It also has the potential to do much more. A new study released by the Colorado Children’s Campaign, […]

KidsFlash Fast Fact – Feb. 1, 2013

KidsFlash Fast Fact – Feb. 1, 2013
Written by: Sarah Hughes
Date Posted: February 1, 2013

In the 2012-2013 school year, nearly 42 percent of all Colorado students in preschool through 12th grade qualified for free or reduced-price meals at school. The number of Colorado children eligible for free or reduced-price meals has increased by 84 percent since 2000-2001. In order […]

Lunch and Learn Series Kicks off with K-12 Discussion

Lunch and Learn Series Kicks off with K-12 Discussion
Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: January 25, 2013

The Colorado Integration Project and the Colorado School Finance Act were discussed Thursday by legislators, aides, lobbyists and education advocates who gathered at the Children’s Campaign to kick off our annual Lunch and Learn series.  The Integration Project is an effort piloted in 13 school […]

Capitol Update – Jan. 18, 2013

Capitol Update – Jan. 18, 2013
Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: January 18, 2013

Today, the General Assembly will complete its first full week of legislative work, with more than 100 bills introduced in the House and nearly 70 bills in the Senate. The Colorado ASSET bill, a Children’s Campaign priority, was introduced this week. Educators, students and advocates […]

2013 Legislative Session Opens with Kids Front and Center

2013 Legislative Session Opens with Kids Front and Center
Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: January 11, 2013

The Colorado General Assembly opened its annual legislative session this week with encouraging signs that issues facing Colorado kids will be prominent in 2013. Two priority bills for the Colorado Children’s Campaign were introduced on the first day, and lawmakers tell us that child health […]

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Releases Report on Measures of Effective Teaching

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Releases Report on Measures of Effective Teaching
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: January 11, 2013

Earlier this week the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation released a report crafted by the Measuring Effective Teachers (MET) project to identify a set of measures that can effectively determine educator effectiveness. Colorado is one of a small handful of states the foundation has invested in, […]

Technical Advisory Group (TAG) Wraps Up Months of Work on School Finance

Technical Advisory Group (TAG) Wraps Up Months of Work on School Finance
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: December 14, 2012

The School Finance Technical Advisory Group discussed the need for additional revenue to adequately support a new School Finance Act this week. The group of education stakeholders convened earlier this fall by the Children’s Campaign and Sen. Mike Johnston had its final meeting Thursday before […]

State Board of Education Approves School Readiness Assessment Policy

State Board of Education Approves School Readiness Assessment Policy
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: December 7, 2012

The Colorado State Board of Education voted unanimously this week to adopt a school readiness assessment policy for Colorado’s public school system. This action is in response to requirements set forth in the Colorado Achievement Plan for Kids (CAP4K), a 2008 law that established a […]

Colorado One of Five States to Provide Additional Learning Time for Students

Colorado One of Five States to Provide Additional Learning Time for Students
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: December 7, 2012

Earlier this week Gov. Hickenlooper announced that Colorado is among five states that will pilot a program that provides a longer school year for students. Boulder Valley, Denver Public Schools, Jefferson County and Westminster (Adams 50) will participate in the project, beginning in the 2013-14 […]

Education, Child Wellness Rise to Top of TBD Colorado Town Hall Process

Education, Child Wellness Rise to Top of TBD Colorado Town Hall Process
Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: November 16, 2012

Improving the education and health opportunities of Colorado children is a priority of Coloradans who participated in a year-long civic engagement project. At the request of Gov. John Hickenlooper, TBD Colorado gathered opinions via social media and from more than 1,200 residents during 70 public […]