Early Learning

Rocky Mountain PBS is committed to the life-long learning of our community, starting with the earliest years. With 30% of our programming dedicated to kids, we aim to educate while entertaining young Coloradans. We're proud to partner with other Colorado parents, caregivers, nonprofit organizations, and educators whose goal is to support families and children's school readiness.

Read more about these initiatives below.

Bright by Text for Parents and Caregivers

Rocky Mountain PBS identifies and engages local parents and caregivers from the broad and diverse daytime audience that turns to us thanks to the trust and awareness of the PBS KIDS brand.

Our daytime PBS KIDS programming now includes messages between programs to encourage parents and caregivers of young children to sign up for a new text message service provided by Bright By Three. "Bright By Text" delivers tips and other resources, including great PBS material, to parents and informal caregivers across the state.

Bright By Text has close to 9,000 subscribers all over the state of Colorado, reflecting the reach of Rocky Mountain PBS.  Join this service by texting "BRIGHT" to 274448, or sign up online by clicking here.


Message and Data Rates May Apply. Text STOP to 274448 to STOP. Text HELP to 274448 for HELP. Full Terms. Privacy Policy.

This texting initiative is supported with funding from The Corporation for Public Broadcasting and The David & Lucile Packard Foundation.  We are proud to receive funding locally from Delta Dental Foundation, Chevron, and Pikes Peak Community Foundation.


Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

Rocky Mountain News President, Laura Frank, interviews Ralph Smith on the importance of reading at grade-level before the third grade. Ralph Smith is the Managing Director for the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. He is the Senior Vice President of the Annie E. Casey Foundation and was a member of the Law Faculty at the University of Pennsylvania for two decades.

The Raising Of America

The Raising of America is a documentary series on early childhood that Rocky Mountain PBS broadcast in 2015 and early 2016. The documentary series and multimedia initiative explores how a strong start for all kids leads not only to better individual life course outcomes (learning, earning, physical and mental health) but also to a healthier, safer, better educated, more prosperous, more equitable America.

Screenings and study of the series and the issues it raises continue around our state. Resources to support those events and interviews with local experts on the Colorado conditions for young children can be found here.

State of Colorado’s Quality Ratings System

When the state Office of Early Childhood revised their quality ratings system for licensed childcare settings, they turned to Rocky Mountain PBS to provide information to parents and childcare providers in televised messages that aired during the education broadcast day.

StoryBlocks for Parents and Caregivers

StoryBlocks, which won an award from the Colorado Association of Libraries in 2010 and 2015, is a collection of 30-60 second videos designed to model to parents, caregivers, and library staff some songs, rhymes, and fingerplays appropriate for early childhood. Each video clip includes helpful early literacy tips to increase caregivers’ understanding of child development and pre-literacy needs.

These videos were produced by Rocky Mountain PBS in partnership with Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL) with funding from the Institute for Museum and Library Services and Colorado libraries. Additional content can be found at StoryBlocks.org.





 Early Learning Resources Pages 

Click on these links to connect to organizations working in early learning in Colorado:

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Leading Colorado's Child Care and Education Workforce

A report published by Qualistar Colorado, in partnership with WFCO, reveals that leaders and teachers in the early care and education field are not fairly compensated for the critical role they have in children’s lives and within local and state economies. 

As a field, early care and education is an essential two-generation resource for state and local economies, yet is continuously plagued by high turnover rates, presenting a loss both for the business and for children.

These professionals allow families the opportunity to participate in the workforce and achieve self-sufficiency while also providing safe, learning-rich environments that lay the foundation for children’s school and life success. Read the report »