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 Faces Unprecedented Budget Cuts

State Faces Unprecedented Budget Cuts
Written by: Riley Kitts
Date Posted: May 1, 2020

Earlier this week, staff for the Joint Budget Committee (JBC) submitted recommendations for potential budget cuts in light of the economic downturn that has accompanied the coronavirus pandemic. While the legislature is awaiting an updated economic forecast on May 12, it is widely speculated that the state will need to make cuts upwards of $3 billion in order to pass a balanced budget by the end of fiscal year on June 30.

Legislative Update : April 3, 2020

Capitol update April 03, 2020
Written by: Riley Kitts
Date Posted: April 3, 2020

The legislative session can be extended! In a decision handed down on Wednesday from the State Supreme Court, the justices ruled that the 120 days for the session do not need to be consecutive during a public health emergency. Lawmakers paused the session on May 14 due to spread of the novel coronavirus.

COVID-19 information and resources for Colorado’s immigrant families

COVID-19 information and resources for Colorado’s immigrant families
Written by: Erica Manoatl
Date Posted: April 3, 2020

Coloradans are feeling the significant economic impacts of the social disruptions necessitated by the COVID-19 outbreak. Our state’s immigrant families are among the groups feeling these economic impacts most acutely, due to both industry-specific effects and the narrow eligibility requirements immigrant families face to qualify for support services.

Federal stimulus bill: How will it support Coloradans?

Federal stimulus bill: How will it support Coloradans?
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: March 27, 2020

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is the third and most expansive bill considered by Congress this month to address the public health and economic consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak. It is the largest stimulus package in modern American history

Happy Tenth Birthday, Affordable Care Act!

nearly three million children nationwide gained coverage thanks to the ACA
Written by: Erin Miller
Date Posted: March 20, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is a reminder of how interdependent we are and that we are collectively only as healthy as those in our society who experience the greatest barriers to health and well-being.

Capitol Update: Lawmakers prepare for temporary closure as critical bills move forward

Cap Update March 13
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: March 13, 2020

It has been an odd week at the Capitol. While there are certainly things to celebrate like the introduction of the Public Healthcare Option bill and the continued approval of our priority bill to add a cost of living adjustment to the Basic Cash Benefit, the spread of COVID-19 has certainly dominated conversations.