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  brings  our broad and diverse daytime audience as well as the trust and awareness of the PBS KIDS brand, to identify and engage local parents and caregivers. Our daytime PBS Kids’ programming now includes messages between programs - aimed at adults in the viewing household - encouraging them 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 (Family, Friend, Neighbor) caregivers across the state. Bright By Text now has almost 6,000 subscribers all over the state of Colorado, reflecting the reach of the Rocky Mountain PBS signal. Join this service by texting"BRIGHT" to 444999.

Local celebrities, including David Bruton of our World Champion Denver Broncos, Vanessa Bernal of Entravision, and Dr. Scott Sampson from Dinosaur Train, have recorded messages for Rocky Mountain PBS.


Thanks: The Rocky Mountain PBS work in early learning communications was supported by generous grants from the Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation and the Daniels Fund. AND, we are grateful to many organizations working with families and young children who have provided subject matter expertise, connections to the community, and other invaluable contributions. These include: The Children’s Museum of Denver, Clayton Early Learning, the Early Childhood Council of Morgan County, Mile High United Way, and the PASO program of the Colorado Statewide Parents’ Coalition. Rocky Mountain PBS thanks you!


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 lauriehzeller@comcast.net.


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 – Colorado Shines

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 – a Partnership with Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy

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.


Leading Colorado's Child Care and Education Workforce

A new 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 »





 Early Learning Resources Pages 

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

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