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 – 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 […]

Capitol Update – April 12, 2013

Capitol Update – April 12, 2013
Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: April 12, 2013

Medicaid Expansion: Senate Bill 200 (Aguilar/Ferrandino) was approved by the full Senate Friday with a bipartisan preliminary vote. It would expand eligibility for Medicaid to adults with incomes up to 133 percent of the Federal poverty level—about $31,000 for a family of four. It would […]

State Budget Taking Shape

State Budget Taking Shape
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: April 5, 2013

The state’s 2013-2014 budget, also known as the Long Bill, has been the primary focus of the full Senate and House over the last two weeks. The proposal, Senate Bill 13-230, totals $20.5 billion. Due to economic improvements and increased state revenues, this is the […]

Capitol Update – April 5, 2013

Capitol Update – April 5, 2013
Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: April 5, 2013

Modernizing Colorado’s School Finance Act: On Tuesday, the Senate approved Senate Bill 13-213 (Johnston & Heath/Hamner) on a 20-15 vote. It moves to the House, with a first hearing in the House Education Committee scheduled for April 15 in the Old Supreme Court Chambers. The […]

New Law Will Streamline Access to Health Coverage for Colorado Kids

New Law Will Streamline Access to Health Coverage for Colorado Kids
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: March 29, 2013

Today, Governor Hickenlooper signed into law a policy that will make it easier for families to access health coverage for their kids and improve efficiency in the Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+). Senate Bill 13-008, sponsored by Senator Linda Newell and Representative Beth McCann, eliminates […]

Capitol Update: School Finance Vote Set for Monday in Colorado Senate

Capitol Update: School Finance Vote Set for Monday in Colorado Senate
Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: March 29, 2013

The Colorado Senate is scheduled to vote on a significant overhaul of the state’s school finance formula early next week. Thanks to everyone who has responded to our action alert; there’s still time to reach out to your senator to let him or her know […]

ALERT: Tell Colorado Senators to Pass a Modernized School Finance Act.

ALERT: Tell Colorado Senators to Pass a Modernized School Finance Act.
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: March 28, 2013

On Monday morning, your state senator will have the rare opportunity to vote for creating a school finance system that puts kids first. Senate Bill 213, the modernized School Finance Act, would make our education financing system more efficient, transparent and fair for all kids […]