What is a KIDS FIRST! Recommendation
Application Fees for Members: $200
Application Fees for Non-members: $400
KIDS FIRST! Reviews Appear
The KIDS FIRST! recommendation designation offers an alternative to endorsement for TV series. Whereas endorsement requires evaluation of every episode in the series, recommendation is based on the evaluation of three sample episodes from the same season. For the most part, a recommended series has every merit that an endorsed series has. However, because a recommended series has not had an evaluation of every episode, there is the possibility that a particular episode may not meet the KIDS FIRST! endorsement criteria.
Recommended series have been juried by a community-based jury comprising adult professionals and children AND meets or exceeds the KIDS FIRST! criteria. Recommended series are also given a one-, two- or three-star rating indicating good, better and best.
KIDS FIRST! Recommended Series Receive
The right to use the KIDS FIRST! recommended seal and rating on all your marketing materials
Consideration for screening in the KIDS FIRST!® Film Festival
Consideratio for a KIDS FIRST! Best Award.
Reviewed on the KIDS FIRST!, TiVo KidZone, Smart Television Alliance websites as well as in other media partner publications and websites.
Volunteer community-based juries from a pool of more than 300 adults and 3,000 children participate in the evaluation process. It is a voluntary endorsement process.
To receive a KIDS FIRST! recommendation, three episodes of the program, from the same season, must be submitted to KIDS FIRST! using our online application. Three non-returnable copies each of three episodes must be submitted at the same time as the application form. Application is not complete we receive the application form, payment, and three copies of each of three different episodes.
KIDS FIRST! adult jurors are vested with the task of determining whether or not the title meets our baseline criteria. Every title is reviewed by at least three adult jurors as well as children from their children's jury using the KIDS FIRST! evaluation tools. At the bare minimum, a program must meet the KIDS FIRST! baseline criteria and be approved by our children's juries as well as the adults.
The adult juror awards both a quantitative and a qualitative evaluation of the program. The children's jury has its own evaluation tool which differs for each age group. Upon completion of their screenings, they too will award both a quantitative and a qualitative evaluation.
Our jurors are vastly diverse. There is no other single review authority that has a comparable representation of so many cultures. Since many juries are conducted at schools or day care facilities where the populations represent many different ethnic groups, KIDS FIRST! is able to obtain feedback from many cultural groups. Evaluations will be conducted by jurors from multiple geographic regions and from urban, sub-urban and rural areas. The adult jurors are educators, child development specialists, children’s librarians, Girl Scout Leaders and other interested adults and parents. These adults receiving training from KIDS FIRST! to become certified as an adult jurors and children's jury facilitator. Each adult juror will facilitate a group of children who serve on their children's jury.
FAQs for Producers
Answers to frequently asked questions from producers.
Coalition for Quality Children's Media
KIDS FIRST! endorsement and KIDS FIRST! Film Festival are projects of the Coalition for Quality Children's Media, a nonprofit organization supporting quality children's media since 1991.