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.

Pandemic threatens to undermine Colorado’s progress in child well-being

Pandemic threatens to undermine Colorado’s progress in child well-being
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: May 1, 2020

Decades of tracking child well-being data show us that economic downturns have a big impact on kids. As Colorado responds to the pandemic and builds a plan for recovery, we’ve provided the latest data and research on health, education, early childhood and family economic security to offer important reminders on making sure kids are a priority.

State Faces Unprecedented Budget Cuts

State Faces Unprecedented Budget Cuts
Written by: Riley Kitts
Date Posted: May 1, 2020

Earlier this week, staff for the Joint Budget Committee (JBC) submitted recommendations for potential budget cuts in light of the economic downturn that has accompanied the coronavirus pandemic. While the legislature is awaiting an updated economic forecast on May 12, it is widely speculated that the state will need to make cuts upwards of $3 billion in order to pass a balanced budget by the end of fiscal year on June 30.

Colorado’s Hispanic/Latino students disproportionately lack internet access—how will schools reach them now?

Internet access for school age kids
Written by: Erica Manoatl
Date Posted: May 1, 2020

A child’s access to public education in Colorado has two new prerequisites: a laptop and a reliable home internet connection. At a time when districts must move to remote learning in the face of COVID-19, the digital divide between Coloradans becomes a central concern to the delivery of public education. Which students in our state have lost access to an education entirely, and how will that loss impact them in the long term? 

Colorado could lose more than half of its child care supply due to COVID-19

Colorado could lose more than half of its child care supply due to COVID-19
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: May 1, 2020

Child care is essential infrastructure, yet providers nation-wide continue to be at risk of permanent closure due to the impacts of COVID-19. New analysis from the Center for American Progress combines data from the March 12-25 NAEYC survey of 11,500 child care providers and information about child care deserts nationwide to further model the potential loss to the sector

Feds approve several waivers to ensure all students have access to food

Feds approve several waivers to ensure all students have access to food
Written by: Stephanie Perez-Carrillo
Date Posted: May 1, 2020

In the last several weeks more than 800 feeding sites have opened across Colorado in order to meet the rapidly changing needs of Colorado students and families during the COVID-19 outbreak. Thoughtful actions and advocacy have meant that despite social distancing and stay at home orders, extreme measures are being taken to ensure all students have access to food.