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.

Fast Fact- July, 26

Fast Fact- July, 26
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: July 26, 2019

In 2018, 2.2 percent of Colorado youth dropped out of school, the lowest dropout rate the state has seen since 2010.

The legislative session may be over, but the work continues at the Capitol

The legislative session may be over, but the work continues at the Capitol
Written by: Riley Kitts
Date Posted: July 17, 2019

Even though the 2019 legislative session ended in early May, that doesn’t mean that the work stops at the State Capitol.  Each year, the legislature approves a number of interim committees to look at specific issues over the summer and fall and make recommendations for legislation to be tackled in the next session.

Opportunities to engage in Colorado’s Maternal Mortality Review Committee

Opportunities to engage in Colorado’s Maternal Mortality Review Committee
Written by: Samantha Espinoza
Date Posted: July 17, 2019

During the 2019 legislative session, the legislature passed and Governor Polis signed HB19-1122 to strengthen Colorado’s Maternal Mortality Review Committee (MMRC). Now, the Maternal Mortality Prevention Program at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is working diligently to implement the provisions of the bill, including formalizing the MMRC and developing a report on the causes of and recommendations to prevent maternal mortality in Colorado, which will be submitted to the legislature by July 1, 2020. 

Share your perspective on Colorado’s infant and family child care shortage

Senate Bill 19-063 discussion meeting
Written by: Jacy Montoya Price
Date Posted: July 12, 2019

Join the Raise Colorado coalition for one of two discussions of Senate Bill 19-063 (SB 63) and its requirement that Colorado create an Infant and Family Child Care Action Plan. The meetings will include a presentation of the SB 63 process by Kristen Lang of the Office of Early Childhood (OEC) and a facilitated discussion of the barriers and solutions to Colorado’s infant and family child care shortage.

Deplorable conditions in detention facilities holding children at the U.S. border have lasting consequences

Deplorable conditions in detention facilities holding children at the U.S. border have lasting consequences
Written by: Sarah Barnes
Date Posted: July 12, 2019

Every child who comes into the custody of our government should be guaranteed the protection and services necessary to ensure their safety, well-being, and development—and to mitigate the stress and trauma of being held in detention. A recent report from The Brookings Institution highlights the impacts of a number of unsanitary and unsafe conditions occurring in detention facilities at the U.S. border on the development of children.

Fast Fact- July 12, 2019

Fast Fact- July 12, 2019
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: July 12, 2019

In 2017, Colorado’s child abuse rate rose to 9.2 victims out of every 1,000 children, the highest child maltreatment rate since 2003.