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.

Lack of school mental health staff harms students

cheerful art teacher students enjoying painting class
Written by: Stephanie Perez-Carrillo
Date Posted: March 29, 2019

A new report from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) finds that an overwhelming number of K-12 schools across the nation experience scarcity in school-based mental health personnel and a surplus of law enforcement personnel.

The West Steps: The funded non-mandate

Full Day K
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: March 29, 2019

Advocates and legislators in favor of full-day kindergarten have secured $185 million to ensure every child who wants it can access a full day of the foundation year in their K-12 education. Now that the money is secured, advocates still need to pass a bill through the legislature—and that begins April 9 with the first hearing.

Learn more about maternal mortality disparities in Colorado

Precious Loss Movie poster
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: March 29, 2019

Join the Raise Colorado coalition, the American Academy of Pediatrics – Colorado Chapter, and other partners on Tuesday, April 16 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm at the Bug Theatre (3654 Navajo St.) for a screening and panel discussion of Precious Loss.

Rev Up and Wine Down on April 10

Rev Up and Wine Down on April 10
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: March 29, 2019

Enjoy an active evening with the Circle of Friends and feel good about supporting the mission of the Colorado Children’s Campaign at the same time. Join us April 10 at 6:30 at CycleBar in the Denver Tech Center

Fast Fact: March 29, 2019

Fast Fact: March 29, 2019
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: March 29, 2019

In 2017, only roughly 72 percent of all 2-year-olds in Colorado were fully immunized, falling from 78 and 77 percent of kids in this age group in 2015 and 2016, respectively.

Full-day Kindergarten One Step Closer to Reality

a child reading in a classroom
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: March 22, 2019

This week Colorado took a few big steps closer to fully funding full-day kindergarten across the state. As of press time we are hearing that legislators plan to introduce a bill as soon as today. This long-awaited legislation would ensure every kindergartener who wants it can access a full day of learning, no matter their zip code.

Capitol Update: Big progress for kids as school removal, paid family leave and bill protecting health care consumers move forward.

Riley Kitts recaps week 12 at the state capitol
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: March 22, 2019

Each week during the 2019 session of the Colorado General Assembly, we bring you the latest news and analysis of legislation impacting the early development, health, and education of Colorado kids. See our website for complete analysis, testimony, fact sheets, vote totals, and other information to help you stay informed.

Speak Up For Kids day highlights teen vaping, full-day kindergarten, and maternal mortality

Speak up advocates in front of the south steps of the Colorado state capitol
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: March 22, 2019

This week more than 180 advocates came to the Colorado State Capitol for our annual advocacy day, Speak Up For Kids. Held in partnership with Children’s Hospital Colorado and Clayton Early Learning, the day of activism helps new and emerging advocates learn new skills and gain confidence in speaking up for kids’ issues under the Gold Dome.