NEA Grant with Illinois Arts Council matching grant (2017 Fellow)
National Academy of Recordings Arts and Sciences (NARAS) Lifetime Achievement Award, at the 2004 Grammys ceremony.
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
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