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.

Joint Budget Committee Figure Setting

Joint Budget Committee Figure Setting
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: March 9, 2018

The Joint Budget Committee (JBC) is currently considering budget items and requests across state agencies and departments as part of the annual budgeting process. Here are some highlights of budget items that impact Colorado kids:

Colorado joins national Think Babies campaign

Colorado joins national Think Babies campaign
Written by: Jacy Montoya Price
Date Posted: March 9, 2018

We are excited to share a new opportunity that will help us make every baby in Colorado a priority. The Colorado Children’s Campaign and Clayton Early Learning have been selected as a state partner for ZERO TO THREE’s Think BabiesTM campaign.

Research spotlight: Colorado sees decades of progress with infant mortality, yet racial and ethnic disparities persist

Research spotlight: Colorado sees decades of progress with infant mortality, yet racial and ethnic disparities persist
Written by: Erica Manoatl
Date Posted: March 9, 2018

All of Colorado’s babies deserve to thrive in their first months of life. Analyzing infant mortality data is essential to understanding how we might continue to keep the youngest Coloradans healthy and prevent infant deaths in our state. Colorado has seen significant progress in improving the well-being of babies—the drop in our state’s infant mortality rate has been one of the fastest in the nation.

Colorado leads states in child wellness screenings

Colorado leads states in child wellness screenings
Written by: Sarah Barnes
Date Posted: March 9, 2018

A new report out this week from the Georgetown Center for Children and Families finds that Colorado performed above the state median rate for developmental screenings in Medicaid and CHIP, according to data reported by 26 states in 2016.

Apply by April 9 for student wellness grants

Apply by April 9 for student wellness grants
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: March 9, 2018

The Colorado Department of Education is now accepting applications for Student Wellness Programs. The Student Wellness Grant exists to implement student wellness programs that support the implementation of whole school, whole community and whole child approaches.

Fast Fact- March 09, 2018

Fast Fact- March 09, 2018
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: March 9, 2018

In 2016, 12.8 percent of Colorado’s school-aged children (ages 5 to 17) were living at or below the federal poverty level, a decrease from 13.6 percent of children within this age range in 2015.

Capitol Updates: We support limiting penalties for “juvenile truancy,” more transparency in drug pricing, and extending AP incentives

Capitol Updates: We support limiting penalties for “juvenile truancy,” more transparency in drug pricing, and extending AP incentives
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: March 2, 2018

Each week during sessions 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. Three highlights of action this week are below, and see our website for more analysis, testimony, fact sheets, vote totals, and other information to help you stay informed. Here are a few highlights from this week:

Promotions, new roles and titles at the Children’s Campaign in 2018

Promotions, new roles and titles at the Children’s Campaign in 2018
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: March 2, 2018

I’m excited to announce several changes in titles, roles and duties at the Children’s Campaign as we head into an exciting election year. All our staff work tirelessly on behalf of Colorado kids and it is an honor to work with this team each day. It’s also a pleasure to recognize them when they elevate our work and take on new challenges.