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NEA Grant with Illinois Arts Council matching grant (2017 Fellow)


Songs, Rhythms, and Chants for the Dance" , has been named a winner of the 2002 Early Childhood News Directors' Choice Award


MENC (Music Educators National Conference) "Presented to Ella Jenkins in appreciation of her support for music education and the National Association for Music Education

Early Childhood News Awards Director’s Choice: Excellence in products for young children Holiday Times and Songs Children Love to Sing

Parents’ Choice Audio Classic Award for Seasons for Singing

Juvenile Protection Association

Proclamation by the Governor of the State of Mississippi "We commend Ella L. Jenkins for her many outstanding achievements serving children."

AFIM (Association for Independent Music) "Indie" Awards - Honorable Mention in the category of Children’s Music for A Union of Friends Pulling Together.

The "Key to The City of Utica" presented to Ella Jenkins "in appreciation for many her years of service"


Presidential invitation to participate in "America’s Millennium" celebration, Washington, DC.


ASCAP Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award: First recipient in the field of Children's Music and the first woman selected for the honor.


The Chicago Council for Exceptional Children / Exceptional Children’s Week Committee, Honorary Chairperson Ella Jenkins

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."


Mom Talk Radio (Illinois) "Better World Award"

National Association of Black Storytellers’, Zora Neale Hurston “Keepers of the Culture” Award


Meritorious Service Award, Cook County Children’s Hospital, IL

American Academy of Children’s Entertainment, Best Variety Performer Award


Ravinia Festival Salute for 25 years of outstanding children’s music

Lifetime Achievement Award, KOHL Education Foundation


Proclamation of Ella Jenkins Day (December 12) in Chicago, IL (1992)

Oppenheim Toy Portfolio’s Gold Seal Selection, Live! At the Smithsonian


Parent’s Choice Award, Come Dance by the Ocean

Parents’ Choice Award / Video: Live at The Smithsonian


President’s Award for Years of Artistic Service, Boulevard Arts Center, Chicago

Pioneer in Early Television citation, The National Museum of American History


National Academy of Recordings Arts and Sciences, Chicago Chapter, Governor’s Award, contribution in children’s recording and performance

Washington (D.C.) Association For The Education of Young Children Resolution of Thanks


Named Honorary Citizen of Louisville, KY, during The Year of the Child