Coalition for Quality Children's Media - KIDS FIRST!
A Collaboration of More than 17 Million Concerned Adults

Goals: A. Teach children to become critical media users; B. Help adults recognize the importance of teaching critical viewing skills to children; C. Help children identify and be aware of outstanding media programming; D. Develop programs for children with special needs such as low-income, hospitalized and at-risk children.

CQCM Board and Staff

CQCM Members

Letter of Support, New Mexico Film Office

CQCM By-laws

IRS Non Profit Letter of Determination

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The Coalition for Quality Children's Media is a national, nonprofit (501-c-3) organization founded in 1991 whose mission is to teach children critical viewing skills and to increase the visibility and availability of quality children's media.

The Coalition's KIDS FIRST! program evaluates, rates and endorses films, DVDs, audio recordings, TV shows, apps, screenplays and games using volunteer, community-based juries of adults and children from diverse backgrounds and offers a variety of means to showcase and enhance consumer awareness of endorsed products.

The KIDS FIRST! Film Critics are a group of national youth reporters who review all the latest film releases, interview talent and share their opinions about entertainment geared for kids. A group of 50 kids, ages 8 to 18, whose reviews and coverage reach more than 7 million people every month.

KIDS FIRST! is supported by major entertainment industry leaders, teachers, librarians, media professionals, lobbyists, policymakers, child advocates, educators, parents and families nationwide. Support comes from national nonprofit organizations including the National Education Association, REEL Fathers, National Association of Elementary School Principals and the National Council of Women’s Organizations, with a cumulative membership of over 17 million.


KIDS FIRST! Endorsements
Adult-Approved and Kid-Recommended

KIDS FIRST! is the key program of the organization. This program evaluates, rates and endorses children's media using community-based juries comprising child development professionals, teachers, parents and concerned adults as well as children from diverse geographic, socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds. A KIDS FIRST! endorsement is given to media (films, DVDs, TV shows, apps, screenplays, games, web-series, audio recordings and similar) meeting the KIDS FIRST! baseline criteria that has been approved by both and adult and child jurors.

Product reviews reach an audience of more than 7 million through the KIDS FIRST! web site, newsletter, social media as well as through our media partners including: Huffington Post, Kidzworld.com, Kidsville News, GRAND Magazine, Amazon.com and 50 additional publications.

To submit a title for endorsement, go here.

KIDS FIRST! Film Critics
Smart Kids Make Smart Consumers

kffcThe KIDS FIRST! Film Critics are a cornerstone of this organization, giving youth a voice about their opinions on media. We have more than 50 youth reporters from all around the country, who review the latest films, DVDs and other media rated PG-13 or younger. These young people attend press screenings, junkets and premieres where they interview talent on the red carpet and watch and review the latest films. Their coverage reach an audience of more than 7 million every month through the KIDS FIRST! website, e-zine, YouTube Channel, radio show and social media as well as through our media partners - Huffington Post, Kidzworld.com, Kidsville News, GRANDmagazine and 50 additional publications

Any child between the ages of 8 and 18 may apply for a slot on the KIDS FIRST! Film Critics team. For more information and to apply, visit our film critics search site. Who are our KIDS FIRST! Film Critics? Take a look!

To receive their latest reviews, subscribe to our weekly e-zine, KIDS FIRST! News.  You can view our most recent reviews here:

KIDS FIRST! homepage
YouTube Channel
KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions (radio)
Huffington Post/KIDS FIRST!


KIDS FIRST ! Film Critics Boot Camp

Do You ...
Love, really love films?
Love talking about the latest films?
Envision yourself talking on the Red Carpet?
Then, come spend a week with us

Watch the latest films. Learn to write film reviews. Learn to talk about films on camera. Meet guest film critics, producers and actors. Learn interview techniques. Improve your on-camera skills and self-confidence. Enjoy being coached by seasoned professionals.

We know that kids love movies. It’s part of their socializing experience. They also love being on-camera and are comfortable there. At the KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Boot Camp we put what kids love to good use and make learning fun! During this one-week day-camp, now in its eighth year, your child will learn to...

* Watch and critically discuss films both in written and video format.
* Look critically at different elements that make a film a film and learn about careers you might pursue in front as well as behind the camera. 
* Develop your self-esteem and confidence in expressing their own opinion and debating it with their peers.

Remember that kids are not just talking about films, they are learning valuable life skills that will truly last a lifetime.

For more information and to register, go here. The 2018 Boot Camp schedule will be announced in early December.

KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions
#1 Rated Radio Show on Voice America Kids Network

Rated the # 1 show on Voice America Kids network, our weekly radio show features the KIDS FIRST! Film Critics reviewing the latest film and DVD releases, interviewing talent and chatting with cool people doing interesting things in and around children's entertainment. The show is hosted by our seasoned KIDS FIRST! Film Critics who are joined by other members of the KIDS FIRST! Film Critics team to share their opinions about the most recent events they have attended - press screenings, junkets, premieres and similar. Our directors work continuously with the kids to help them develop the skills needed to perform as entertainment reporters. Voice America Kids is a division of the Voice America Network, the largest internet radio channel with 7+ million listeners a month. Visit  Voice America Kids to listen to the latest episode of our show or podcasts of previous episodes.

KIDS FIRST! Film Festival
The World's Largest Children's Film Festival

Started in 2000, the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival showcases new and classic children's films and videos from independent and student filmmakers worldwide as well as some studio films. To qualify, a film must meet the KIDS FIRST! criteria of no gratuitous violence, no racial or cultural bias, no inappropriate sexual behavior, no replicable unsafe behavior and no condescension towards children. The festival partners with more than 50 venues who host screenings year round. Annually, KIDS FIRST! films will be seen by more than 50,000 viewers nationwide.

More about the Festival

Submit a Title

Host a Festival

Film Programmer's Site

Support KIDS FIRST! By Booking Your Travel with Us

The KIDS FIRST! Travel agency is an off-shoot of the organization that provides simple online booking that KIDS FIRST! Film Festival partners may use to provide airfare and accommodations for their out of town guests and share the commission with KIDS FIRST! Commissions generated by KIDS FIRST! Travel help support the charity as a whole. To book, simply go to https://kidsfirsttravel.agentstudio.com/

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112 W. San Francisco St., Suite 305A
Santa Fe, NM 87501



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