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National Academy of Recordings Arts and Sciences (NARAS) Lifetime Achievement Award, at the 2004 Grammys ceremony.

NEA Grant with Illinois Arts Council matching grant

  • Named Honorary Citizen of Louisville, KY, during The Year of the Child
  • National Academy of Recordings Arts and Sciences, Chicago Chapter, Governor’s Award, contribution in children’s recording and performance
  • President’s Award for Years of Artistic Service, Boulevard Arts Center, Chicago
  • Parent’s Choice Award, Come Dance by the Ocean
  • Parent’s Choice Award, “Live! At the Smithsonian
  • Proclamation of Ella Jenkins Day (December 12) in Chicago, IL
  • Oppenheim Toy Portfolio’s Gold Seal Selection, Live! At the Smithsonian
  • Service to Young Children Award, 35 years of work in children’s education, Chicago Metropolitan Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Arkansas Traveller Award, Secretary of State of Arkansas
  • Meritorious Service Award, Cook County Children’s Hospital, IL
  • Ravinia Festival Salute for 25 years of outstanding children’s music
  • Headstart Award for helping to unite children of many cultures
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, KOHL Education Foundation
  • Mayor’s Visionary Award, Fairfield, AL
  • American Academy of Children’s Entertainment, Best Variety Performer Award
  • Sydney R. Yates Arts Advocacy Award: Lifetime Achievement, Illinois Arts Alliance Foundation
  • Woodson Foundation Award
  • Pioneer in Early Television citation, The National Museum of American History
  • American Library Association Award
  • Named “One of Chicago’s Living Treasures”
  • National Association of Black Storytellers’, Zora Neale Hurston “Keepers of the Culture” Award
  • WEAA Radio Award, Morgan State University
  • 1989 -- Washington (D.C.) Association For The Education of Young Children Resolution of Thanks
  • 1991 — Parents’ Choice Award: Come Dance by the Ocean
  • 1991 -- Parents’ Choice Award / Video: Live At The Smithsonian
  • 1996 -- Mom Talk Radio (Illinois) "Better World Award"
  • 1998 -- The Chicago Council for Exceptional Children / Exceptional Children’s Week Committee, Honorary Chairperson Ella Jenkins
  • 1998 -- Folkways At Fifty Certificate of Appreciation: "In recognition of participation in Folkways At Fifty Celebration and exceptional contributions to the increase and diffusion of knowledge about cultures and traditions that enrich our nation and the world."
  • 1999 -- ASCAP Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award: First recipient in the field of Children's Music and the first woman selected for the honor.
  • 1999--2000 Presidential invitation to participate in "America’s Millennium" celebration, Washington, DC.
  • 2000--MENC (Music Educators National Conference) "Presented to Ella Jenkins in appreciation of her support for music education and the National Association for Music Education
  • 2000 -- Early Childhood News Awards Director’s Choice: Excellence in products for young children Holiday Times and Songs Children Love To Sing
  • 2000 -- Parents’ Choice Audio Classic Award for Seasons for Singing
  • 2000 -- Juvenile Protection Association
  • 2000 -- Proclamation by the Governor of the State of Mississippi "We commend Ella L. Jenkins for her many outstanding achievements serving children."
  • 2000 -- AFIM (Association for Independent Music) "Indie" Awards - Honorable Mention in the category of Children’s Music for A Union Of Friends Pulling Together.
  • 2000 -- The "Key To The City of Utica" presented to Ella Jenkins "in appreciation for many her years of service"
  • 2002 -- Songs, Rhythms, and Chants for the Dance" (SFW CD 45004), has been named a winner of the 2002 Early Childhood News Directors' Choice Award

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