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.

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 […]

Notice to Early Childhood Advocacy Day Participants

Notice to Early Childhood Advocacy Day Participants
Written by: Jacy Montoya Price
Date Posted: February 21, 2013

Early Childhood Advocacy Day is just one week away! Here are 3 things to do before next Thursday, Feb. 28th to make sure that you get the most from your day at the Capitol: Please take our 2-minute survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/P28M876 to let us know what information and skills […]

Capitol Update: Children’s Campaign President and School Finance Partnership Co-Chairs Present to Joint Education Committee

Capitol Update: Children’s Campaign President and School Finance Partnership Co-Chairs Present to Joint Education Committee
Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: February 15, 2013

Legislators were briefed this week on the School Finance Partnership’s nearly two-year effort to come to full consensus on principles to overhaul Colorado’s outdated and inequitable school finance law. Partnership Co-Chairs Chris Watney, Cary Kennedy and Bob Deibel gave a school finance presentation to the Joint Education […]

Study Shows Progress, but Disparities Persist in Oral Health Among Youngest Children

Study Shows Progress, but Disparities Persist in Oral Health Among Youngest Children
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: February 15, 2013

Nearly half as many Colorado kindergarteners and third-graders have untreated tooth decay than did in 2003, according to the 2011-12 Children’s Oral Health Basic Screening Survey released by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment this week. While the greatest gains in reducing tooth […]

More than 150 Advocates Call for a National Commission on Children

More than 150 Advocates Call for a National Commission on Children
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: February 15, 2013

On Tuesday, Feb. 12, the Colorado Children’s Campaign and more than 150 other organizations called on Congress and President Obama to create a new National Commission on Children to ensure the safety and well-being of every child in America. The National Commission on Children would […]

Early Childhood Focus of Buell Leaders Radio Show on March 5

Early Childhood Focus of Buell Leaders Radio Show on March 5
Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: February 15, 2013

Early childhood advocacy will be the focus of a Buell Leaders Radio show at noon on March 5. The show will feature Charlotte Brantley (President and CEO, Clayton Early Learning), Jennifer Landrum (VP Early Childhood Initiatives, Colorado Children’s Campaign) and Molly Yost (Policy Specialist, Clayton […]

KidsFlash Fast Fact – Feb. 15, 2013

KidsFlash Fast Fact – Feb. 15, 2013
Written by: Sarah Hughes
Date Posted: February 15, 2013

In the 2011-2012 school year, 20,160 Colorado children were enrolled in the Colorado Preschool Program (CPP). The number of CPP slots is capped by the legislature and has remained flat for the past three school years. CPP provides high-quality preschool free of charge, and research […]