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.

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: Beza Taddess
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 […]

Alternative Education in Colorado

Alternative Education in Colorado
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: November 9, 2012

While a traditional school environment may work well for many students, there are also many for whom it is not the right place to get a meaningful education. The Children’s Campaign’s recently released report, Alternative Education and Pathways to Success, examines Colorado’s Alternative Education Campuses (AECs), compares […]

School Finance Technical Advisory Group Discusses Early Childhood and Revenue

School Finance Technical Advisory Group Discusses Early Childhood and Revenue
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: November 9, 2012

Early childhood education and revenue were the topics discussed in this week’s meeting of the school finance technical advisory group. Children’s Campaign President and CEO Chris Watney emphasized to the group that strengthening preschool and kindergarten services and the need for adequate funding are not […]

KidsFlash Fast Fact – Colorado High School Graduation Rate

KidsFlash Fast Fact – Colorado High School Graduation Rate
Written by: Sarah Hughes
Date Posted: November 9, 2012

In 2011, Colorado’s high school graduation rate was 73.9 percent, a slight increase from the previous year. Ensuring all children graduate from high school is important not only for their future economic success, but for the future of our state as a whole. One study […]

Governor’s Proposed Budget Holds Promise for Colorado Kids

Governor’s Proposed Budget Holds Promise for Colorado Kids
Written by: Beza Taddess
Date Posted: November 2, 2012

There was good news for Colorado kids in the proposed budget Gov. John Hickenlooper released this week. After years of declining or stagnant budgets, the governor proposed making new investments in the following: Education: The proposed K-12 budget includes $201 million in new money, an […]

Colorado Applies for Race to the Top

Colorado Applies for Race to the Top
Written by: Beza Taddess
Date Posted: November 2, 2012

Colorado recently submitted its application to the Race to the Top—Early Learning Challenge Fund for nearly $30 million over the next four years. Colorado was one of five states eligible to apply for the non-competitive round two of the grant, as it is among the five […]

School Finance Technical Advisory Group Examines Special Education Funding

School Finance Technical Advisory Group Examines Special Education Funding
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: October 26, 2012

The school finance technical advisory group convened by Sen. Mike Johnston and the Colorado Children’s Campaign took on the significant and complex topic of special education funding in Colorado at a public meeting Thursday. Representatives from the Colorado Department of Education led a discussion on […]

KidsFlash Fast Fact – Students Receiving Special Education Services

KidsFlash Fast Fact – Students Receiving Special Education Services
Written by: Sarah Hughes
Date Posted: October 26, 2012

In 2011, 9.7 percent of Colorado students – nearly 83,000 children – were enrolled in special education services in Colorado public schools. Between 2007 and 2011, the number of students receiving special education services increased by 6.6 percent, rising only slightly faster than total pupil […]

School Finance Technical Advisory Group Hosts National Expert Ken Wong

School Finance Technical Advisory Group Hosts National Expert Ken Wong
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: October 19, 2012

Colorado’s school financing method was explored in depth Tuesday in the first working meeting of a school finance technical advisory group convened by Sen. Mike Johnston and the Colorado Children’s Campaign. Professor Ken Wong, director of Brown University’s graduate program in Urban Education Policy and […]