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

Capitol Update
Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: March 1, 2013

1) ASSET Bill This week the ASSET Bill, which would allow all Colorado high school graduates to pay in-state tuition at Colorado’s public colleges and universities, regardless of citizenship, passed its first hurdle in the House. Senate Bill 13-033 was approved by the House Education […]

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. […]

Early Childhood Lunch & Learn

Early Childhood Lunch & Learn
Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: March 1, 2013

Policymakers and staff gathered at the Children’s Campaign this week for our third meeting in the Lunch and Learn series. Jennifer Landrum, Vice President of Early Childhood Initiatives, shared the Children’s Campaign’s early childhood legislative priorities for the session, including extending quality early childhood education to […]

KidsFlash Fast Fact – March 1, 2013

KidsFlash Fast Fact – March 1, 2013
Written by: Sarah Hughes
Date Posted: March 1, 2013

In 2011, 28 out of every 1,000 teen girls ages 15 to 19 gave birth. Colorado’s teen birth rate has been on a steady decline since 2000, but it varies widely across counties. Jackson County had the highest teen birth rate in 2011, at 79 […]

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 […]

Last Chance to Register for Early Childhood Advocacy Day

Last Chance to Register for Early Childhood Advocacy Day
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: February 22, 2013

Online registration for the upcoming Early Childhood Advocacy Day on Feb. 28 closes at midnight this Sunday, Feb. 24. Ensure that Colorado’s youngest children are a priority as lawmakers craft policy impacting the lives of children and families by REGISTERING TODAY. Early childhood advocates, including parents, […]

KidsFlash Fast Fact – Feb. 22, 2013

KidsFlash Fast Fact – Feb. 22, 2013
Written by: Sarah Hughes
Date Posted: February 22, 2013

In the 2012-2013 school year, 14.4 percent of all Colorado students (nearly 125,000 children) were English Language Learners (ELLs). Since 2002-2003, the number of ELL students in Colorado has increased by nearly 45 percent. Research shows it takes an ELL student an average of four […]