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.

Capitol Update: Legislature Adjourns; Bills Pending Approval by Governor

Capitol Update: Legislature Adjourns; Bills Pending Approval by Governor
Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: May 10, 2013

The Colorado General Assembly finished its 2013 legislative session this week. We’re excited to report that all of the Children’s Campaign’s priority bills were approved by lawmakers. Priority bills with final action this week: Alignment of Early Childhood Programs: House Bill 13-1117 (Hamner/Hodge & Kerr) was […]

Capitol Update – May 3, 2013

Capitol Update – May 3, 2013
Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: May 3, 2013

Medicaid Expansion: Senate Bill 200 (Aguilar/Ferrandino) was approved by the full House this week with a 36-23 vote with 6 lawmakers excused and goes to the governor’s desk. It would expand eligibility for Medicaid to adults with incomes up to 133 percent of the federal poverty […]

Colorado Springs Leaders to Join May 22 KIDS COUNT discussion

Colorado Springs Leaders to Join May 22 KIDS COUNT discussion
Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: May 3, 2013

Colorado Springs community leaders will examine health and education issues facing children locally and throughout Colorado in a community luncheon on May 22 at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. The Children’s Campaign will present statewide and county-specific data on child well-being from its 2013 KIDS COUNT […]

Colorado ASSET Bill Signed by Gov. Hickenlooper

Colorado ASSET Bill Signed by Gov. Hickenlooper
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: May 3, 2013

More than 500 people gathered to witness Gov. Hickenlooper sign the Colorado ASSET bill on Monday. Eligible undocumented students will now qualify for in-state tuition rates at public colleges and universities. This bill moves Colorado closer to ensuring that every student has access to the […]

Capitol Update – April 26, 2013

Capitol Update – April 26, 2013
Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: April 26, 2013

With just over 8 days left in the legislative session, more than 200 bills are still moving through the legislative process. Bills must be passed by midnight on May 8, the last day of the 2013 legislative session. Bills that fail to gain the full […]

School Finance Modernization Approved by House Committee

School Finance Modernization Approved by House Committee
Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: April 19, 2013

The House Education Committee this week sent the school finance modernization bill to the full House after several hours of testimony from a diverse mix of educators, business leaders and advocates including Children’s Campaign President and CEO, Chris Watney. Senate Bill 213, the Future School […]

Capitol Update – April 19, 2013

Capitol Update – April 19, 2013
Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: April 19, 2013

Current School Finance Act: Senate Bill 260 (Hudak & Steadman/Hamner) determines school financing for the 2013-14 budget year. It was approved earlier today by the Senate with a bipartisan 23-12 vote. A new Early Childhood At-Risk Enhancement (ECARE) provision was added to the Colorado Preschool Program […]

Obama Budget Highlights Early Childhood Investments

Obama Budget Highlights Early Childhood Investments
Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: April 19, 2013

President Obama released his Fiscal Year 2014 budget request earlier this month. Our partner First Focus compiled a fact sheet that details the early education in the president’s budget proposal. The Children’s Campaign is excited to see that the President’s proposal includes a major new […]