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.

Sequestration Looms

Sequestration Looms
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: March 1, 2013

Automatic, across-the-board federal spending cuts go into effect today under previously passed deficit reduction laws, collectively termed “sequestration.” These cuts will drastically impact a number of priority health, education, and early childhood services that help low-income children and families in the wake of the recent recession. […]

Sen. Johnston Releases Draft of School Finance Overhaul Proposal

Sen. Johnston Releases Draft of School Finance Overhaul Proposal
Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: February 22, 2013

Efforts to make our school financing system more equitable and sufficient took a big step forward this week as Sen. Mike Johnston’s office released a draft of the first major effort in nearly 20 years to modernize school financing in Colorado. The draft will be […]

Capitol Update – Feb. 22, 2012

Capitol Update – Feb. 22, 2012
Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: February 22, 2013

Online Learning: This week Reilly Pharo, Children’s Campaign Vice President for Education Initiatives, testified in support of Senate Bill 13-139 (Roberts/Coram). It would drive access, quality and affordability for students taking online course while still enrolled in traditional schools. Blended learning helps drive a more […]

Capitol Update: Children’s Campaign President and School Finance Partnership Co-Chairs Present to Joint Education Committee

Capitol Update: Children’s Campaign President and School Finance Partnership Co-Chairs Present to Joint Education Committee
Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: February 15, 2013

Legislators were briefed this week on the School Finance Partnership’s nearly two-year effort to come to full consensus on principles to overhaul Colorado’s outdated and inequitable school finance law. Partnership Co-Chairs Chris Watney, Cary Kennedy and Bob Deibel gave a school finance presentation to the Joint Education […]

More than 150 Advocates Call for a National Commission on Children

More than 150 Advocates Call for a National Commission on Children
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: February 15, 2013

On Tuesday, Feb. 12, the Colorado Children’s Campaign and more than 150 other organizations called on Congress and President Obama to create a new National Commission on Children to ensure the safety and well-being of every child in America. The National Commission on Children would […]

Legislators and Partners Join for Lunch & Learn on Child Health

Legislators and Partners Join for Lunch & Learn on Child Health
Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: February 8, 2013

Legislators and Partners Join for Lunch & Learn on Child Health Colorado legislators and other partners who attended this week’s Child Health Lunch & Learn explored the history of child health insurance coverage and the opportunities they have this session to ensure all Colorado kids […]

Capitol Update – Feb. 8, 2013

Capitol Update – Feb. 8, 2013
Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: February 8, 2013

Next week we expect two of our priority bills to have second committee hearings, including: Alignment of Child Development Programs: House Bill 13-1117 (Hamner/Hodge,Newell) will be heard in the House Appropriations Committee Friday, Feb. 15 at 7:30 a.m. in the Legislative Services Building Room A. […]

Capitol Update: Early Childhood, School Breakfast and CHP+ Bills Move Ahead

Capitol Update: Early Childhood, School Breakfast and CHP+ Bills Move Ahead
Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: February 1, 2013

This week was busy at the Capitol, with three key pieces of Children’s Campaign legislation being heard in committees, including testimony from two of our staff: Alignment of Child Development Programs: House Bill 13-1117 earned bipartisan approval from the House Public Health Care and Human […]

Capitol Update: ASSET Bill Passes First Committee

Capitol Update: ASSET Bill Passes First Committee
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: January 25, 2013

The Colorado ASSET Bill passed by the Senate Education Committee by a bipartisan vote of 6-3 Thursday. Introduced by Sens. Johnston and Giron, this Children’s Campaign priority bill would make college affordable for all Colorado graduates, regardless of citizenship status, by allowing all high school […]

Capitol Update – Jan. 18, 2013

Capitol Update – Jan. 18, 2013
Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: January 18, 2013

Today, the General Assembly will complete its first full week of legislative work, with more than 100 bills introduced in the House and nearly 70 bills in the Senate. The Colorado ASSET bill, a Children’s Campaign priority, was introduced this week. Educators, students and advocates […]