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.
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.
Screen Time And Kids – A New Resource For Families From Rocky Mountain PBS
In its work with nonprofits around the state serving families with young children, Rocky Mountain PBS has heard repeatedly that these services need support in providing guidance about appropriate screen time – and about where to find high-quality, age appropriate television broadcast and online material for children over the age of 2. With the support of the Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation, Rocky Mountain PBS now has a one-page color English-Spanish flyer, that provides guidelines for screen time and locator information for Rocky Mountain PBS and V-Me, its Spanish language television partner, throughout Colorado and on all platforms.
The flyer can be downloaded here; however, Rocky Mountain PBS has a limited number of printed copies available to organizations serving families in Colorado. For more information please contact Laurie Hirschfeld Zeller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.