Colorado Children’s Campaign 2023 Year in Review

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: December 19, 2023

As the new year approaches, it’s an opportunity to look back and reflect. We’ve compiled some of the most-read and most-listened-to publications, posts and podcasts produced by the Colorado Children’s Campaign team in 2023. Enjoy!

Posts and Publications 

Our most-read publications of the year included our signature 2023 KIDS COUNT in Colorado! report and blog posts about early childhood, health and families’ financial stability. 

Building Understanding: Youth Mental Health and Well-Being in Colorado (KIDS COUNT in Colorado!)

The 30th annual KIDS COUNT in Colorado! report focused on youth mental health and included a first-of-its-kind analysis of access to mental health supports in school districts across the state. The report also featured data and policy recommendations focused on child and family health, early childhood, youth success, and family economic prosperity – and data snapshots for every county in Colorado. 

2023 Legislative Impacts

Our legislative impacts report summed up our year’s work at the capitol during the 2023 legislative session. Some major successes include expanding access to family planning services, creating continuous eligibility for public health insurance programs for young kids, establishing a school finance task force focused on updating our state’s inequitable school funding formula and advocating for remote access to eviction court hearings. 

Creating Safe School Environments in Colorado

What makes a school safe? Our school safety brief reflected the most recent research available about the factors that contribute the most to safe school environments.    

KidsFlash: Black children and families in Colorado are still experiencing the effects of systemic racism

This blog post highlights troubling disparities in health, education, and economic prosperity – and serves as a call to action to advance equity-informed policies that remove barriers and invest in Black kids, families and communities. 

KidsFlash: The official poverty rate in Colorado dropped in 2022 – but the end of pandemic-era protections is affecting Colorado families’ financial stability

While the official poverty rate in Colorado declined, many Colorado kids and families are experiencing financial hardship due to the end of pandemic-era programs and the rapidly increasing cost of living. 

KidsFlash: Tens of thousands of Coloradans have already lost Medicaid coverage as continuous eligibility unwinds

The end of the continuous coverage mandate resulted in tens of thousands of Coloradans losing coverage based on reasons such as late or missing paperwork. 

KidsFlash: As Universal Preschool rolls out, we can’t forget about infants, toddlers and their caregivers

Despite widespread evidence and public awareness of the importance of these years, care for our youngest children continues to be underfunded and undervalued.    

The West Steps 

In 2023, The West Steps podcast covered school safety, access to family planning, how the pandemic affected health coverage for kids, and more. Our most-listened-to episodes included our legislative preview and wrap-up and an in-depth conversation about young kids’ need for play. 

The Colorado Children’s Campaign legislative preview

To kick off season 5 of The West Steps podcast, we provided a brief overview of how our state’s legislative session works and a preview of what to expect from the year’s general assembly. 

The importance of play in early childhood

This episode spotlighted current and former early childhood educators discussing the impact play has on child development – and what policymakers can do to make sure young kids have time to play. 

Our 2023 legislative session wrap up

On our final episode of the 2023 legislative session, we heard from some of the Children’s Campaign policy staff about our progress in youth success, family economic prosperity, early childhood, and child and family health. 

The Braidwood Ruling: What does it mean for Colorado?

The Braidwood ruling put access to preventive health services at risk. Colorado activists, including the Children’s Campaign, acted fast to make sure that coverage for these services is more secure in Colorado. (Read our statement here.)

Access to Justice: How we can improve eviction hearings

Being able to attend an eviction hearing remotely can dramatically improve renters’ ability to stay in their homes. This episode explains a policy idea that became Colorado law in 2023.

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The Colorado Children’s Campaign is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization committed since 1985 to realizing every chance for every child in Colorado. We advocate for the development and implementation of data-driven public policies that improve child wellbeing in health, education and early childhood. We do this by providing Coloradans with trusted data and research on child wellbeing and organizing an extensive state-wide network of dedicated child advocates. For more information, please visit