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.

New Children’s Campaign Three-Part Report Stresses Investing in Early Years

New Children’s Campaign Three-Part Report Stresses Investing in Early Years
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: August 2, 2013

The Colorado Children’s Campaign today released a three-part series of briefs on the issues and opportunities Colorado faces in investing in our kids from the start. “Ready, Set, Go: Investing in Infants and Toddlers” explores how the foundations for lifelong success start in the earliest stages […]

Poll: Support for Quality Early Childhood Investments is Broad and Bipartisan

Poll: Support for Quality Early Childhood Investments is Broad and Bipartisan
Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: August 2, 2013

This fall, Coloradans will have the opportunity to invest in quality early childhood initiatives in a significant way. New national polling results show that voter support for such investments are broad and bipartisan. A poll released this week by The First Five Years Fund shows that 70 […]

Colorado Earns Bonus $15 Million for Early Childhood

Colorado Earns Bonus $15 Million for Early Childhood
Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: July 26, 2013

Colorado has earned a $15 million bonus award from the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Fund, Gov. John Hickenlooper and Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia announced this week. The bonus is in addition to a nearly $30 million grant announced in December to help […]

U.S. Secretary of Education Promotes Preschool Expansion

U.S. Secretary of Education Promotes Preschool Expansion
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: July 26, 2013

Early development and learning programs help form the foundation of a child’s social, emotional and intellectual skills essential for success in school, college, career and life. However, slightly more than half of Colorado’s 3- and 4-year-olds are not enrolled in preschool. Arne Duncan, U.S. secretary […]

School Finance Gets Boost from Secretary of Education During Recent Visit

School Finance Gets Boost from Secretary of Education During Recent Visit
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: July 26, 2013

During his visit to Denver, the Secretary of Education lauded Colorado for its efforts to overhaul the school financing system and even pointed to the national implications of the reform. He told The Denver Post: “I continue to be encouraged by Colorado, continue to want to […]

Marguerite Salazar to Head Colorado Insurance Commission

Marguerite Salazar to Head Colorado Insurance Commission
Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: July 26, 2013

Marguerite Salazar will be the next state insurance commissioner, Gov. John Hickenlooper announced this week. He said he appointed Salazar to the position because she is “a savvy executive, understands regulatory reform and already knows her way around in the insurance industry.” Salazar is the […]

Unclear Future for No Child Left Behind

Unclear Future for No Child Left Behind
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: July 26, 2013

Last week the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation reauthorizing No Child Left Behind, a federal education law last renewed in 2002 with bipartisan support. While the original legislation was designed to support children by establishing standards and accountability for students and schools, 39 states […]

KidsFlash Fast Fact – July 26, 2013

KidsFlash Fast Fact – July 26, 2013
Written by: Sarah Hughes
Date Posted: July 26, 2013

  In the 2012-2013 school year, 14 percent of all Colorado students (nearly 125,000 children) were classified as 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 […]