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.

KidsFlash Fast Fact – Dec. 21, 2012

KidsFlash Fast Fact – Dec. 21, 2012
Written by: Sarah Hughes
Date Posted: December 21, 2012

In Fiscal Year 2010-2011, more than 110,000 Colorado children between birth and age 18 were covered through the Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+), approximately 9 percent of all kids. CHP+ provides health coverage for children in families with incomes that are too high to qualify for Medicaid […]

Medicaid Education and Advocacy Effort Launches

Medicaid Education and Advocacy Effort Launches
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: December 14, 2012

Medicaid provides quality health coverage to one in five Coloradans, including nearly 400,000 Colorado kids. The Children’s Campaign is proud to be a part of the Insuring Our Future partnership, an alliance of organizations and individuals committed to improving, strengthening and growing Medicaid in Colorado. […]

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 […]