American Library Association Notables: awarded annually to children’s videos of ‘commendable quality’ and special interest to librarians, teachers and parents. Chicago, Illinois, 312-944-6780.
Coalition for Quality Children’s Media: a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to increasing the accessibility of quality children’s media through its Kids First! program. It evaluates videotapes and CD-ROMs, and publishes a national directory of programs receiving the Kids First! endorsement. Santa Fe, New Mexico, 505-989-8076.
Dove Foundation: a not-for-profit organization established to encourage and promote the creation, production and distribution of wholesome family entertainment. The foundation awards the Dove Seal to programs that are rated ‘family friendly’ by its review board. Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1-800-218-3683 (DOVE).
Dr. Toy: established in 1975 to provide parents and professionals with the latest and most useful information on children’s products, Dr. Toy publishes several ‘Best Of’ lists on-line (www.drtoy.com) each year, including Dr. Toy’s 100 Best Children’s Products of the Year and Dr. Toy’s Ten Best Videos. San Francisco, California, 510-540-0111.
National Education Media Network: annually recognizes outstanding educational videos with its quality seal of approval in the form of Apple Awards. Oakland, California, 510-465-6885.
National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA): compiled by more than 35 participating regional parenting publications and awarded annually to the best in children’s entertainment. Burbank, California, 818-846-0400, ext. 157.
Oppenheim Toy Portfolio: an independent consumer review of children’s media offered quarterly in a newsletter and annually in The Best Toys, Books, Videos & Software for Kids 1997 (Prima). New York, New York, 212-598-0502.
Parents’ Choice Foundation: a not-for-profit organization that publishes a consumer guide to the best in children’s entertainment and recognizes quality programming with its annual Parents’ Choice Awards. Newton, Massachusetts, 617-965-5913.