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.

New federal spending plan has mixed news for Colorado kids

New federal spending plan has mixed news for Colorado kids
Written by: Sarah Barnes
Date Posted: February 12, 2018

This morning after an only hours-long government shut-down, Congress passed a long-term budget package that was signed into law by President Trump. The package keeps the government running for six weeks to allow lawmakers time to write a final federal budget for this year and provides longer term fiscal certainty through September 2019. The law includes funding for a number of programs that are critical for kids and families, including CHIP, home visiting, and child care. It also includes some concerning provisions, such as cuts to the Prevention and Public Health Fund and changes to third-party liability policy in Medicaid that could reduce access to care for pregnant women. And it is silent on a solution for the future of young people living, working, and parenting in our communities through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Capitol Update: Child care and lunch access among first bills introduced

Capitol  Update: Child care and lunch access among first bills introduced
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: January 19, 2018

Each week we bring you the most current analysis of the legislation affecting Colorado kids and families as the Colorado General Assembly is in session. Here are a few highlights from this week. Looking for more? See our online Capitol Updates center for analysis, testimony, fact sheets, vote totals, and other information to help you stay informed.

The 2018 Legislative Session Begins!

The 2018 Legislative Session Begins!
Written by: Sarah Barnes
Date Posted: January 12, 2018

The Colorado General Assembly convened this week with leaders in the House and Senate laying out their hopes for the 2018 legislative session. The Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate acknowledged several wins for Coloradans from the previous session, including saving hospitals from more than $500 million in budget cuts and securing equitable funding for charter schools.

2018 Legislative Priorities

2018 Legislative Priorities
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: January 5, 2018

The Colorado Children’s Campaign serves as the leading voice for kids at the state Capitol and in communities across the state. In our 33-year history we’ve worked with policymakers from every corner of the state and every political perspective to improve the well-being of Colorado kids. Children’s issues aren’t partisan, and we’ve learned that we can develop innovative solutions to improve the lives of children and families when we work together.

This is it. Call now to save health care for kids and pregnant women

This is it. Call now to save health care for kids and pregnant women
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: September 28, 2017

It all ends on Saturday. On Sept. 30, funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which has allowed 8.9 million kids nationally to access quality affordable health care, ends. And with that end comes the end to access to quality, affordable health care. In […]