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.

Health and Early Childhood Advocacy Days Announced

Health and Early Childhood Advocacy Days Announced
Written by: Jacy Montoya Price
Date Posted: December 14, 2012

Mark your calendars! The Colorado Children’s Campaign and our partners will hold two advocacy days at the Colorado State Capitol in 2013. Early Childhood Advocacy Day will be held Thursday, Feb. 28 in partnership with Clayton Early Learning. This event is new this year. Early […]

Technical Advisory Group (TAG) Wraps Up Months of Work on School Finance

Technical Advisory Group (TAG) Wraps Up Months of Work on School Finance
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: December 14, 2012

The School Finance Technical Advisory Group discussed the need for additional revenue to adequately support a new School Finance Act this week. The group of education stakeholders convened earlier this fall by the Children’s Campaign and Sen. Mike Johnston had its final meeting Thursday before […]

Positive Trends Seen in Obesity and Oral Health Issues

Positive Trends Seen in Obesity and Oral Health Issues
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: December 14, 2012

Obesity and poor access to oral health care are two key health challenges facing Colorado children, but they are not impenetrable. Both have been identified as “winnable battles” by Gov. John Hickenlooper, and this week we got some positive news from the front lines of […]

KidsFlash Fast Fact – Dec. 14, 2012

KidsFlash Fast Fact – Dec. 14, 2012
Written by: Sarah Hughes
Date Posted: December 14, 2012

In 2010, nearly 80,000 Colorado kids lived in a Census tract that was considered a “food desert.” A food desert is a geographic area where access to fresh, nutritious food is limited. Among families who live in food deserts, accessing healthy food is often particularly […]

Colorado awarded $29.9 million federal grant to improve early learning

Colorado awarded $29.9 million federal grant to improve early learning
Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: December 7, 2012

Colorado is one of five states selected for a Race to the Top: Early Learning Challenge grant from the U.S. Department of Education. State leaders announced on Thursday that Colorado will receive $29.9 million over the next four years to improve school readiness by increasing […]

State Board of Education Approves School Readiness Assessment Policy

State Board of Education Approves School Readiness Assessment Policy
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: December 7, 2012

The Colorado State Board of Education voted unanimously this week to adopt a school readiness assessment policy for Colorado’s public school system. This action is in response to requirements set forth in the Colorado Achievement Plan for Kids (CAP4K), a 2008 law that established a […]

Colorado One of Five States to Provide Additional Learning Time for Students

Colorado One of Five States to Provide Additional Learning Time for Students
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: December 7, 2012

Earlier this week Gov. Hickenlooper announced that Colorado is among five states that will pilot a program that provides a longer school year for students. Boulder Valley, Denver Public Schools, Jefferson County and Westminster (Adams 50) will participate in the project, beginning in the 2013-14 […]