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: Legislature Adjourns; Bills Pending Approval by Governor

Capitol Update: Legislature Adjourns; Bills Pending Approval by Governor
Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: May 10, 2013

The Colorado General Assembly finished its 2013 legislative session this week. We’re excited to report that all of the Children’s Campaign’s priority bills were approved by lawmakers. Priority bills with final action this week: Alignment of Early Childhood Programs: House Bill 13-1117 (Hamner/Hodge & Kerr) was […]

Connect for Health Colorado

Connect for Health Colorado
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: May 10, 2013

This week, the Colorado Health Benefit Exchange, now known as Connect for Health Colorado, launched a new public education campaign and website designed to help inform consumers about the new health insurance market place that will be up and running this fall. The new website has great […]

It’s About Kids Network Welcomes New Members

It’s About Kids Network Welcomes New Members
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: May 10, 2013

The Children’s Campaign is excited to welcome three new counties and five new community leaders to the It’s About Kids statewide network team. Jennifer Sanchez McDonald is Council Coordinator for HuLa, representing Huerfano and Las Animas Early Childhood Advisory Council. Lisa Jansen Thompson is Director […]

Lunchbox Express Seeks Volunteers

Lunchbox Express Seeks Volunteers
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: May 10, 2013

The Lunchbox Express will roll again this summer, and is seeking volunteers to help distribute lunches to kids. The Lunchbox Express, featured in this eight minute film, is a mini school bus that delivers lunches in communities during the summer months to help combat childhood hunger. […]

An Introduction to TANF in Colorado During the Recession Report Released

An Introduction to TANF in Colorado During the Recession Report Released
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: May 10, 2013

The Children’s Campaign released a report in April explaining changes in funding levels for the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant during the recession, one of the more important sources of support for low-income families and children. It also explains how the […]

KidsFlash Fast Fact – May 10, 2013

KidsFlash Fast Fact – May 10, 2013
Written by: Sarah Hughes
Date Posted: May 10, 2013

In 2011, 5 percent of all Colorado kids received basic cash assistance through the Colorado Works/Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. Colorado Works/TANF assists low-income families in becoming self-sufficient by strengthening their economic and social stability. However, of every 100 Colorado families living in […]

Future School Finance Act Clears Legislature

Future School Finance Act Clears Legislature
Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: May 3, 2013

The most significant overhaul of Colorado’s school financing system in two decades earned final legislative approval this week and heads to Gov. John Hickenlooper for his signature. The bill is the culmination of nearly two years of work and the efforts of dozens of organizations, […]

Capitol Update – May 3, 2013

Capitol Update – May 3, 2013
Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: May 3, 2013

Medicaid Expansion: Senate Bill 200 (Aguilar/Ferrandino) was approved by the full House this week with a 36-23 vote with 6 lawmakers excused and goes to the governor’s desk. It would expand eligibility for Medicaid to adults with incomes up to 133 percent of the federal poverty […]