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.

2012 Children’s Budget Shows Investments in Colorado Children Continue Sliding

2012 Children’s Budget Shows Investments in Colorado Children Continue Sliding
Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: December 21, 2012

State investments in Colorado children have decreased 2 percent per year, on average, in the past five years after accounting for inflation and population growth, according to an annual analysis by the Colorado Children’s Campaign. Five years of state spending examined in the Colorado Children’s Budget […]

Health and Early Childhood Advocacy Days Announced

Health and Early Childhood Advocacy Days Announced
Written by: Jacy Montoya Price
Date Posted: December 14, 2012

Mark your calendars! The Colorado Children’s Campaign and our partners will hold two advocacy days at the Colorado State Capitol in 2013. Early Childhood Advocacy Day will be held Thursday, Feb. 28 in partnership with Clayton Early Learning. This event is new this year. Early […]

Education, Child Wellness Rise to Top of TBD Colorado Town Hall Process

Education, Child Wellness Rise to Top of TBD Colorado Town Hall Process
Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: November 16, 2012

Improving the education and health opportunities of Colorado children is a priority of Coloradans who participated in a year-long civic engagement project. At the request of Gov. John Hickenlooper, TBD Colorado gathered opinions via social media and from more than 1,200 residents during 70 public […]

State Board of Education Reviews School Readiness Assessment for Kindergartners

State Board of Education Reviews School Readiness Assessment for Kindergartners
Written by: Beza Taddess
Date Posted: November 16, 2012

This week, the Colorado Children’s Campaign urged board members to adopt a single assessment to fulfill the state’s requirement identified in statute through legislation passed in 2008, the Colorado Acheivement Plan for Kids (CAP4K). The board will make a final decision at its Dec. 5 […]

2012 Elections Bring Changes to Colorado Legislature, School Districts

2012 Elections Bring Changes to Colorado Legislature, School Districts
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: November 9, 2012

By now you’ve heard the big national news of Tuesday’s election. Here’s a summary of what happened in Colorado: National election: All seven of Colorado’s incumbent U.S. Representatives won reelection. Neither Sens. Mark Udall nor Michael Bennet were up for reelection.   Colorado House of Representatives: […]

Governor’s Proposed Budget Holds Promise for Colorado Kids

Governor’s Proposed Budget Holds Promise for Colorado Kids
Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: November 2, 2012

There was good news for Colorado kids in the proposed budget Gov. John Hickenlooper released this week. After years of declining or stagnant budgets, the governor proposed making new investments in the following: Education: The proposed K-12 budget includes $201 million in new money, an […]

Changes to CHP+ & Medicaid mean better coverage options for kids

Changes to CHP+ & Medicaid mean better coverage options for kids
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: October 12, 2012

Enrollment in the Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) program will be easier for Colorado families because of changes adopted today by the Medical Services Board. The board, which sets rules for the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, approved three rules to improve efficiency […]

Tell Colorado How to Support Early Childhood Education

Tell Colorado How to Support Early Childhood Education
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: October 12, 2012

State leaders are asking the public to share ideas on how Colorado can support early childhood education programs, and you can easily make your voice heard. TBD Colorado is a nonprofit, nonpartisan coalition launched last year by Gov. John Hickenlooper. TBD leaders have spent the last […]

Presidential Debate: Kids Ask The Questions!

Presidential Debate: Kids Ask The Questions!
Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: September 28, 2012

With the presidential candidates coming to town to debate at the University of Denver next week and mail ballots soon going out to voters, we asked Colorado children of all backgrounds what they’d ask the candidates. Then working with our partners at Children’s Hospital Coloradoand Every Child […]