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.

Future School Finance Act Clears First Hurdle

Future School Finance Act Clears First Hurdle
Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: March 22, 2013

A two-year effort to modernize Colorado’s school financing system took a significant step forward this week with the first hearing and committee passage of Senate Bill 213, the Future School Finance Act. The Senate Education Committee approved the bill on a 5-4 vote. It now […]

Capitol Update

Capitol Update
Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: March 22, 2013

CHP+ Waiting Period Elimination (PASSED): Senate Bill 13-008 (Newell/McCann) would streamline enrollment in CHP+ by eliminating the three month waiting period for children moving from an employer-supported health plan to CHP+. This bill passed the House with a bipartisan 48-16 vote and heads to the governor […]

2013 KIDS COUNT in Colorado! Report Released Today

2013 KIDS COUNT in Colorado! Report Released Today
Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: March 18, 2013

Child advocates from around the state helped the Colorado Children’s Campaign and Gov. Hickenlooper release the 2013 edition of KIDS COUNT in Colorado! today. The report was unveiled at a press conference at the Capitol with lawmakers, state leaders and partners who celebrated the 20th […]

School Readiness for All Report Released

School Readiness for All Report Released
Written by: Beza Taddess
Date Posted: March 15, 2013

Colorado’s Family, Friend and Neighbor (FFN) Care Learning Community has released a new report highlighting the contributions and landscape of Colorado’s FFN care providers. In 2011, Colorado had enough licensed child care to care for only 43 percent of children under age 6 who have […]

Capitol Update – March 15, 2013

Capitol Update – March 15, 2013
Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: March 15, 2013

School Finance: Sen. Mike Johnston’s proposed overhaul of the state School Finance Act was introduced late last week along with data on the positive impact the overhaul would have on every Colorado school district. Senate Bill 13-2013 (Johnston & Heath/Hamner) would be the first significant […]

Medicaid Expansion Hearing Features Uninsured Olathe Mother of Three

Medicaid Expansion Hearing Features Uninsured Olathe Mother of Three
Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: March 15, 2013

The first citizen to testify on the proposed expansion of Medicaid on Thursday drove five and a half hours to tell her story to lawmakers. Tish Barber of Olathe is a mother of three boys who are covered by Medicaid, giving Tish and her husband […]

Capitol Update – March 8, 2013

Capitol Update – March 8, 2013
Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: March 8, 2013

ASSET Bill The Colorado House of Representatives voted 40-21 with bipartisan support today to approve Senate Bill 13-033 (Johnston and Giron/Williams and Duran), Colorado’s public colleges and universities, regardless of citizenship. The bill is headed to Gov. John Hickenlooper for his signature. Advocates celebrated today after […]

KIDS COUNT in Colorado! release set for March 18

KIDS COUNT in Colorado! release set for March 18
Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: March 8, 2013

Please join us as we release the 2013 edition of KIDS COUNT in Colorado! on March 18 at 2:00 p.m. at a news conference with Gov. John Hickenlooper, lawmakers and child advocates from across the state in the West Foyer of the Colorado State Capitol. This year […]

Efforts to Modernize Colorado’s School Finance Formula Continue Moving Forward

Efforts to Modernize Colorado’s School Finance Formula Continue Moving Forward
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: March 1, 2013

Education stakeholders gathered again this week to discuss the newly-released draft of legislation to modernize Colorado’s School Finance Act. Last week, Sen. Mike Johnston released a draft of the legislation, along with information about the proposal. On Thursday, more than 150 interested stakeholders gathered to learn […]

Capitol Update

Capitol Update
Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: March 1, 2013

1) ASSET Bill This week the ASSET Bill, which would allow all Colorado high school graduates to pay in-state tuition at Colorado’s public colleges and universities, regardless of citizenship, passed its first hurdle in the House. Senate Bill 13-033 was approved by the House Education […]