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.

Act now to fight change to SNAP threatening to push thousands into hunger

a Child playing in a sink
Written by: Stephanie Perez-Carrillo
Date Posted: August 2, 2019

This month, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a new rule that could hurt approximately 90,000 Coloradans annually, including families with kids, who use the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to help put food on the table.  

Children are still being separated from their parents by the Trump administration

Children are still being separated from their parents by the Trump administration
Written by: Sarah Barnes
Date Posted: August 2, 2019

More than 900 children have been separated from their parents at the U.S. border in the year since the Trump administration officially ended its “zero tolerance” policy that resulted in families being separated. According to the New York Times, these 911 children have been held in detention for an average of 68 days, and four of these children have been separated from their families for more than 300 days.

Don’t just stand there, do something! Submit comments opposing changes to discrimination protections in health care.

Don’t just stand there, do something! Submit comments opposing changes to discrimination protections in health care.
Written by: Samantha Espinoza
Date Posted: August 2, 2019

What would you do if you witnessed a doctor, hospital or health care insurer deny a child care because their parents were a same sex couple or a single mother? Would you do something? Would you say something? Because, under the proposed changes to section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), this is exactly the type of discrimination expected to ensue.

Fast Fact- August 02, 2019

Fast Fact- August 02, 2019
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: August 2, 2019

During the 2017-18 school year, Colorado school districts identified approximately 22,400 children who were experiencing homelessness.

Share your perspective on how to strengthen Colorado’s early childhood care and education system

Share your perspective on how to strengthen Colorado’s early childhood care and education system
Written by: Jacy Montoya Price
Date Posted: July 26, 2019

As part of the Colorado Shines Brighter Preschool Development Grant Birth Through Five, the Office of Early Childhood and the Colorado Health Institute are hosting a series of focus groups across the state with parents and caregivers and with early childhood educators, service providers, and other stakeholders, now through August 8th.