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.

School Finance Technical Advisory Group Examines Special Education Funding

School Finance Technical Advisory Group Examines Special Education Funding
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: October 26, 2012

The school finance technical advisory group convened by Sen. Mike Johnston and the Colorado Children’s Campaign took on the significant and complex topic of special education funding in Colorado at a public meeting Thursday. Representatives from the Colorado Department of Education led a discussion on […]

KidsFlash Fast Fact – Students Receiving Special Education Services

KidsFlash Fast Fact – Students Receiving Special Education Services
Written by: Sarah Hughes
Date Posted: October 26, 2012

In 2011, 9.7 percent of Colorado students – nearly 83,000 children – were enrolled in special education services in Colorado public schools. Between 2007 and 2011, the number of students receiving special education services increased by 6.6 percent, rising only slightly faster than total pupil […]

School Finance Technical Advisory Group Hosts National Expert Ken Wong

School Finance Technical Advisory Group Hosts National Expert Ken Wong
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: October 19, 2012

Colorado’s school financing method was explored in depth Tuesday in the first working meeting of a school finance technical advisory group convened by Sen. Mike Johnston and the Colorado Children’s Campaign. Professor Ken Wong, director of Brown University’s graduate program in Urban Education Policy and […]

It’s About Kids Network Welcomes New Community Leader

It’s About Kids Network Welcomes New Community Leader
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: October 19, 2012

The It’s About Kids grassroots advocacy network is pleased to welcome Dr. Sandra Smyser as our Community Leader in K-12 Education in Eagle County. Sandra joins Eagle County team member Jeanne McQueeney as a child advocate speaking up for kids in her community. Sandra was […]

Fast Fact – High School Grads Placed in Remedial Courses

Fast Fact – High School Grads Placed in Remedial Courses
Written by: Sarah Hughes
Date Posted: October 19, 2012

In fiscal year 2010-11, 32 percent of all recent high school graduates in Colorado who went on to attend a public higher education institution in the state were placed in remedial courses in at least one subject. The number of Colorado high school graduates who […]

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 […]

Progress of Turnaround Schools Shows Promise; More Work Ahead

Progress of Turnaround Schools Shows Promise; More Work Ahead
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: October 12, 2012

Intense efforts to turn around underperforming schools are making gains, including unprecedented successes in Far Northeast Denver and the Westminster 50 school district, according to a report released this week by A+ Denver. However, the evaluation found that not every district working on turning around […]

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 […]