Greenfield Community College

Greenfield Community College

Abigail Adams Eliot Award for Outstanding Service to Young Children in Franklin County

Abigail Adams Eliot, a pioneer in the field of early childhood education

Greenfield Community College and the Franklin County Collaboration for Children present the annual Abigail Adams Elliot Awards each spring, recognizing individuals working with children ages birth to five who have made exemplary contributions to young children and their families in Franklin County. The awards are open to nominations from the public, and will be judged by a panel of local citizens and early childhood professionals.  Nominations may be submitted by parents, early childhood practitioners, supervisors or other community members.

Three awards are given:

  • Abigail Adams Eliot Award for Educators – For educators currently working, or who have worked, with young children birth to five years of age in an early childhood classroom or family child care setting in Franklin County, who have significantly affected the lives of children, families, and/or the community.
  • Abigail Adams Eliot Award for Administrators – For administrators in the early childhood field who have made a significant impact on the field of early childhood in their work with staff, parents, families and the community.
  • Rising Star Certificate for Educators – To highlight the significant efforts of an early childhood educator who is relatively new to the field (under 5 years) but is already rising to the challenge of making a difference in the lives of young children and their families.

Information about the awards and nomination process are posted at this site each year in early spring. For more information, contact Karen Green, FCCC Member at 625-9587 or

There will be no 2015 awards.

Abigail Adams Eliot (1892-1992) helped to establish the nursery school movement in America. She was the founder, with Elizabeth W. Pearson, of the Ruggles Street Nursery and Training Center of Boston that in 1952 became the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study at Tufts University. She was a founding member of the National Association of Nursery Education that became the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Her commitment to parental involvement in education helped parents establish a cooperative, the Cambridge Nursery School. She believed that educational programs should be balanced to help children become secure and independent and that nursery school was not custodial care but a genuine educational program. Her work reflected an interest in and a respect for children.

The Franklin County Collaboration for Children is composed of the following organizations:  Girls Club of Greenfield, Greenfield Community College, Western Massachusetts Association for the Education of Young Children, Parent-Child Development Center of Community Action., Pioneer Valley & Orange Out of School Time Programs and other Early Childhood  Professionals.