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.

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 […]

KidsFlash Fast Fact – March 8, 2013

KidsFlash Fast Fact – March 8, 2013
Written by: Sarah Hughes
Date Posted: March 8, 2013

In Fiscal Year 2011-12, 30 percent of Colorado kids ages birth to 18 were enrolled in Medicaid at some point during the year. As the percent of children covered through private insurance declines, Medicaid offers an important alternative that helps ensure children in low-income families […]

Register now for Speak Up for Kids’ Health Day at the Capitol on April 23

Register now for Speak Up for Kids’ Health Day at the Capitol on April 23
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: March 8, 2013

Ensure that children’s health is a priority as lawmakers craft policy impacting the lives of children and families by registering today for the upcoming Speak Up for Kids’ Health Day at the Capitol. Child health advocates, including parents, service providers and other community members, will explore the […]

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 […]

Early Childhood Advocates Speak Up at Colorado Capitol

Early Childhood Advocates Speak Up at Colorado Capitol
Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: March 1, 2013

Early childhood advocates, including parents, service providers and others, gathered at the Colorado State Capitol today to explore the latest issues in early childhood policymaking, learn new advocacy skills and reach out to lawmakers to ensure Colorado’s youngest children are at the forefront of their […]

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 […]