"We congratulate Jeri on winning the 2010 Abigail Eliot Award," said Jon Rounds, chairman of the board of Boston Children's Museum. "During her 37-year tenure at the Museum, Jeri has been instrumental in developing world-class, early childhood exhibits and programs and has helped thousands of children and families. It has been my privilege and honor to work with her, and the BAEYC could not have chosen a better recipient for this prestigious Award."
The Award is named after Abigail Adams Eliot, a pioneer in both early childhood education and training for teachers of young children. Ms. Eliot, who died in 1993 at the age of 100, was founder of Ruggles Street Nursery School in Roxbury, the first nursery school in the country and one of the few that provided training in early childhood education. Her training program later became part of what is known as the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study at Tufts University. Presented annually, this year's Early Educators Gala and award ceremony was held at Lombardo's on Friday, April 16.
Robinson joined Boston Children's Museum in 1973. Since that time, she has developed "PlaySpace," the Museum's exhibition and program area designed for children under 3 and co-developed "Peep's World", the Museum's science processing skills exhibit based on WGBH's program and "Families First," a place for learning and support for parents of young children.
Robinson received her B.S., M.S. Ed. and an honorary Doctorate in Education from Wheelock College. She serves on numerous boards dealing with family, community, multicultural, and early childhood education issues. In recognition of her work, Robinson has received awards such as the Wheelock Centennial Award, the Boston Parents Paper Family Advocate Award, the Women Who Care Award, and the Lucy Wheelock Award. She was a 2004 participant in the Schott Fellowship in Early Care and Education (Public Policy), a program of the Schott Center for Public and Early Education, Cambridge MA. In 2005, she was named to the American Association of Museums, Centennial Honor Roll, in recognition of her contributions to the museum field in the past century. Robinson has provided early childhood training and consultation to museums and other organizations worldwide.