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.

KIDS COUNT in Colorado! Release

KIDS COUNT in Colorado! Release
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: March 22, 2013

Child advocates from around the state helped the Colorado Children’s Campaign and Gov. Hickenlooper release the 2013 edition of KIDS COUNT in Colorado! on Monday, March 18. The report was unveiled at a press conference at the Capitol with lawmakers, state and community leaders and partners who […]

Capitol Update

Capitol Update
Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: March 22, 2013

CHP+ Waiting Period Elimination (PASSED): Senate Bill 13-008 (Newell/McCann) would streamline enrollment in CHP+ by eliminating the three month waiting period for children moving from an employer-supported health plan to CHP+. This bill passed the House with a bipartisan 48-16 vote and heads to the governor […]

Fast Fact – March 22, 2013

Fast Fact – March 22, 2013
Written by: Sarah Hughes
Date Posted: March 22, 2013

In Fiscal Year 2011-12, 10 percent of Colorado children ages birth through 18 (nearly 133,000 children) were covered by the Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) at some point during the year. CHP+ provides health coverage for children in families with incomes that are too high to qualify […]

2013 KIDS COUNT in Colorado! Report Released Today

2013 KIDS COUNT in Colorado! Report Released Today
Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: March 18, 2013

Child advocates from around the state helped the Colorado Children’s Campaign and Gov. Hickenlooper release the 2013 edition of KIDS COUNT in Colorado! today. The report was unveiled at a press conference at the Capitol with lawmakers, state leaders and partners who celebrated the 20th […]

KidsFlash Fast Fact – March 15, 2013

KidsFlash Fast Fact – March 15, 2013
Written by: Sarah Hughes
Date Posted: March 15, 2013

In the 2012-2013 school year, 70 percent of all Colorado kindergartners were enrolled in a full-day program, up from 60 percent in 2009-2010. The percent of kindergartners in a full-day program varies widely by county and school district, with some districts serving all of their […]

School Readiness for All Report Released

School Readiness for All Report Released
Written by: Beza Taddess
Date Posted: March 15, 2013

Colorado’s Family, Friend and Neighbor (FFN) Care Learning Community has released a new report highlighting the contributions and landscape of Colorado’s FFN care providers. In 2011, Colorado had enough licensed child care to care for only 43 percent of children under age 6 who have […]

Capitol Update – March 15, 2013

Capitol Update – March 15, 2013
Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: March 15, 2013

School Finance: Sen. Mike Johnston’s proposed overhaul of the state School Finance Act was introduced late last week along with data on the positive impact the overhaul would have on every Colorado school district. Senate Bill 13-2013 (Johnston & Heath/Hamner) would be the first significant […]

Medicaid Expansion Hearing Features Uninsured Olathe Mother of Three

Medicaid Expansion Hearing Features Uninsured Olathe Mother of Three
Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: March 15, 2013

The first citizen to testify on the proposed expansion of Medicaid on Thursday drove five and a half hours to tell her story to lawmakers. Tish Barber of Olathe is a mother of three boys who are covered by Medicaid, giving Tish and her husband […]