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.

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 […]

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 […]