Presented by the Association of Children’s Museum

The Great Friend to Kids Award was initiated in 1991 by the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) to honor individuals or institutions that have made a national and/or international impact to strengthen the education and lives of children.

Individual recipients and representatives of institutional recipients are presented their award at ACM’s annual conference, InterActivity. Awardees are invited to address InterActivity attendees at a plenary session. Past awardees include policy makers, researchers, educators, and activists from around the world.

2023 Recipient


ACM selected Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, PhD, for her outstanding contributions to understanding the development of early language and literacy and the role of play in learning. Kathy is the Lefkowitz Faculty Fellow in Psychology at Temple University and a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. She is best known as a translational researcher, who uses the latest findings in the science of learning to enhance education in and out of school. Kathy pioneered global initiatives like Playful Learning Landscapes and was on the founding committee of the Latin American School for Educational and Cognitive Neuroscience. She is the author of sixteen books and hundreds of publications, has won numerous awards in her field, and was inducted into the National Academy of Education. Vested in translating science for lay and professional audiences, her Becoming Brilliant, released in 2016, was on the New York Times Best Seller List in Education. Her most recent book, Making Schools Work, was released in October 2022.

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2022 Recipient


ACM selected PBS KIDS for its outstanding impact on the lives of children, building knowledge, critical thinking, imagination, and curiosity. By involving parents, teachers, caregivers, and communities as learning partners, PBS KIDS helps to empower children for success in school and in life. The award was accepted by David Lowenstein, Senior Director of Ready To Learn.

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