Friends of Children Recognition Awards Dinner

Each year, the Child Care Council of Cornell Cooperative Extension hosts the “Friends of Children” Recognition Awards Dinner event, to honor people in our community who devote their time and talent to ensure that our youngest citizens have the very best start in life. Nominations are accepted year-round, and a judges panel meets to determine the winners prior to the dinner.

Awards are given to recognize and honor the dedication of people in Herkimer, Madison and Oneida counties who exemplify and promote the ideal of quality health and safety of children either through direct or indirect service and support to families.

Award Categories

Direct Service--An award will be presented to an outstanding individual in the following sub-categories of legal child care:

  • Directors or Assistant Directors of a child care center or school-age child care program
  • Teachers, Assistant Teachers, Teacher's Aides in a child care center or school-age child care program
  • Parent Volunteers, Senior Aides, Students, Interns or other volunteers working with children
  • Family or Group Family Child Care Providers
  • Providers who are legally exempt (such as nursery school or children's camp personnel)
  • School Teacher, Assistant Teachers, Teacher's Aides of children up to age 12

Indirect Service--An award will be presented to an outstanding organization or community member who demonstrates support for quality child care services through support and action in each of the following sub-categories:

  • Human Service Agency or Organization that demonstrates their Friend of Children stance through collaboration with and/or action
  • Community Member who has demonstrated excellence and leadership in the promotion, support and advocacy of children
  • Posthumous
  • Youth (nominee must be 8 to 17-years-old)

Employer Recognition Award

Purpose: To recognize and honor an employer that has demonstrated leadership in establishing family-friendly policies or services for their employees with young children. To nominate an employer in the above category, please complete the attached nomination form AND

  • Describe the employer's most significant accomplishments including, but not limited to, dependent care tax incentives, benefits, flex hours, family leave time, etc.
  • Describe those attributes that would encourage other employers to view the candidate as a role model (please list specific examples)


Courtney Jenne
Communications Coordinator
(315) 223-7850 Ext. 230

Last updated October 2, 2017