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.

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 […]

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 […]