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KylaI'm proud to be a part of an amazing organization like KIDS FIRST! I have gotten opportunities I never thought I’d have, and I can’t wait to continue pursuing my passion for the entertainment industry. Kyla 

DominicWe have been thrilled to have our son involved with KIDS FIRST! over the past 3 years. The organization has offered our child so many opportunities which include teaching him to critically think about a variety of media, teaching him to become a better writer, and giving him confidence in becoming a more effective communicator through his video reviews and film cast interviews. We love KIDS FIRST! Diane DiGravio

Zoe Cannella, Lin Manuel MirandaI've had an amazing experience with KID FIRST! so far. I absolutely love it! I remember when I first joined. (more.) Zoe C., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

Tiana Kids ChoiceI’ve had an amazing journey with KIDS FIRST! I have interviewed amazing people and completed my dream assignment of covering Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards. KIDS FIRST! has allowed me to get more experience as an entertainment journalist and film critic. I get to see hundreds of movies for free and I get to talk to really cool people. I love being a KIDS FIRST! Reporter! Tiana S.

kat tom hanks I have learned so many important things from KIDS FIRST! The most important things are: learning a huge depth of industry knowledge, team work, accountability, how hard work pays off, commitment, time management, conversational skills, creative writing skills, peer reviewing skills, how to make friends via Zoom and how to take criticism in stride. It’s taught me how to learn and grow with each mistake I make. Katherine S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

Nathalia JacksonThank you doesn’t even begin to describe how thankful Nathalia and I are. What an amazing experience KIDS FIRST! has been for us. (more) Nathalia J. 

Abigail Zoe Lewis and Justin Timberlake

I want to give KIDS FIRST! a shout out, as it's been five years now that our daughter, Abigail has been a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic. We see tremendous growth in Abigail's reporting, particularly in being more articulate and poised. (more), David Lewis, Parent, Abigail L.

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Your program not only teaches kids how to be better communicators, more pleasant company and knowledgeable movie gurus, it gives them so much more. These kids will be able to socialize and speak properly, write great essays, participate intelligently in debates and become confident leaders. (more), Kate O., Mom, Gerry O.

Refund policy:

If you withdraw 30 days before the first class, you will receive a full refund.

If you withdraw 10 days before the first class, you will receive a 50% refund.

If you withdraw once the class has begun, there is no refund. 

If you drop out of the class, are a no show, or do not fulfill your assignments, you will not receive a refund and will not be invited to join the film critics team.




Are you a kid, age 9 to 16 who


  • loves, really loves films?
  • loves talking about the latest films?
  • envisions talking with celebrities on the Red Carpet?
  • Imagines a future for yourself in the entertainment Industry?

Then, boot camp

Audition to join our amazing team!

Deadline for online audition registration: July 2, 2024
Online Audition: On or around July 2, 2024

Next deadline: August 19

Summer Boot Camps: June 10 through 15; July 15 through 20

Fall boot Camp: September 21 through October 26.

Go here for details:

Watch our KIDS FIRST! Film Critics On Assignment!

KIDS FIRST! Film Critics take you behind the scenes of Hollywood's newest releases. Our team of 65 youth reporters, ages 9 to 21, give kids and families a kids' point of view as we interview A-list celebrities like Morgan Freeman, Lin Manuel-Miranda, Shia LaBeouf, Trace Adkins, Eva Longoria, George RR Martin, Joe & Anthony Russo, Sir Patrick Stewart, Kelly Clarkson and more. Steven Spielberg

Our KIDS FIRST! interviews and reviews are published on the KIDS FIRST! website, social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok), our YouTube Channel, our bi-weekly podcast and are published both online and in print by our publishing partners (Kidsville News, News-o-matic, GRAND Magazine, SoCalCityKids and more) All our reporters are influencers themselves, with a combined social media reach of over 5,000,000. You can see their most recent reviews and interviews on our YouTube Channel:


Too busy to become a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic? Or, too old? Join our Volunteer Reviewers!
For kids...

1. Fill out our Volunteer Form.
2. Read our tips on creating reviews.
3. Send us a review of a current film, rated PG-13 or younger.

For adults...

1. Fill out our Volunteer Form.
2. Then, read our juror's manual. 3. Then, send us a review of a current film, rated PG-13 or younger.

Are you a current Film Critic or Juror?

Use these evaluation forms.

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What is KIDS FIRST!?

KIDS FIRST! is a project of the Coalition for Quality Children's Media, a national, nonprofit (501-c-3) organization founded in 1991 that is a voluntary collaboration between the media industry, educators and child advocacy organizations. The mission of the Coalition is: 1) To teach children to become critical media users and; 2) To increase the visibility and availability of quality children's media.

Office Address:
KIDS FIRST! / Coalition for Quality Children's Media
112 W. San Francisco St., Suite 305A
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Phone: 505.989.8076
Email: [email protected]





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