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.

What your Colorado K-12 report card does and doesn’t tell you

What your Colorado K-12 report card does and doesn’t tell you
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: April 12, 2019

A new report from the Data Quality Campaign finds that Colorado K-12 report cards, most often referred to as school performance frameworks (SPF) or district performance frameworks (DPF) are easily accessible but could be improved by sharing and communicating essential information to parents and guardians.

Fast Fact- April 12, 2019

Fast Fact- April 12, 2019
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: April 12, 2019

In the 2017-2018 school year, 46.1 percent of fourth graders in Colorado met or exceeded expectations on the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) English Language Arts assessment, the highest share of students scoring proficient on this assessment in the last 4 years.

The West Steps: How to spend $30 billion

The West Steps
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: April 5, 2019

Our Government Affairs Director, Riley Kitts, explains how six people decide to spend Colorado’s entire $30 billion public budget in one year.

Parents and advocates rally for full-day kindergarten

Gov. Jared Polis joined in a mini-rally in the West Foyer, along with bill sponsors Rep. Barbara McLachlan, Rep. Jim Wilson and Sen. Jeff Bridges
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: April 5, 2019

This week the Kindergarten NOW Coalition hosted parents, advocates and educators at the Capitol to push full-day kindergarten legislation over the finish line. We tracked down legislators in halls and offices, and joined Gov. Jared Polis in a mini-rally in the West Foyer, along with bill sponsors Rep. Barbara McLachlan, Rep. Jim Wilson and Sen. Jeff Bridges.

Fast Fact: April 05, 2019

Fast Fact: April 05, 2019
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: April 5, 2019

n the fall of 2018, the number of students enrolled in Colorado’s public schools in grades PK through 12 increased slightly to 911,536 students, from 910,280 students in 2017.

National publications highlight school funding emergency in Colorado

children group reading books
Written by: Leslie Colwell
Date Posted: March 29, 2019

Several recent studies and articles have shined a national spotlight on Colorado’s school funding challenges, adding urgency to address a topic that is already on the minds of many state policymakers, educators and community members in our state.