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.

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.

National publications highlight school funding emergency in Colorado

children group reading books
Written by: Leslie Colwell
Date Posted: March 29, 2019

Several recent studies and articles have shined a national spotlight on Colorado’s school funding challenges, adding urgency to address a topic that is already on the minds of many state policymakers, educators and community members in our state.

Lack of school mental health staff harms students

cheerful art teacher students enjoying painting class
Written by: Stephanie Perez-Carrillo
Date Posted: March 29, 2019

A new report from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) finds that an overwhelming number of K-12 schools across the nation experience scarcity in school-based mental health personnel and a surplus of law enforcement personnel.

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.

Legislators move toward addressing Colorado’s unequal and unfair property tax system

screenshot of short video explaining our property tax problem
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: March 15, 2019

Last summer, we brought you a series of KidsFlash articles demystifying the ways Colorado’s Constitution puts school finance on auto-pilot: by creating a wildly inequitable property tax system that no one asked for, and then in the absence of a statewide solution to inadequacy and inequity, requiring school districts to go after local revenue, exacerbating funding disparities between districts.

Teacher preparation programs still have a way to go

classroom and at Clayton
Written by: Stephanie Perez-Carrillo
Date Posted: March 1, 2019

A new report finds that elementary teacher candidates of color fail their subject area licensing tests at disproportionately higher rates than their white peers. The report emphasizes the shortcomings of educator preparation programs in providing candidates the content knowledge they need for the exam and the classroom.