About the Center

Pam Abrams


As the former Director of Partnerships and Strategy, Ms. Abrams oversaw the Center’s industry engagement, communications and planning. She came to the Center as a parenting expert with more than 25 years of experience in magazines, books, and online. She began her career at Harper’s Magazine, and subsequently served as Editor in Chief of Child Magazine, Editorial Director at eToys.com, and as a senior publishing executive at Scholastic. Prior to joining the Center she was Senior VP at Downtown Bookworks Inc. where she produced books for children as well as adults in the area of parenting, cooking, crafts, education, and business. As an author, Pam’s own books include Now I Eat My ABCs; Gadgetology: Kitchen Fun with Your Kids; This is the House That Mouse Built; and Candy 1-20. Her magazine articles have appeared in More, O The Oprah Magazine, Parents, Entertainment Weekly, and other national publications.

For six years Pam served on the Board of Directors of Consumer’s Union, the publisher of Consumer Reports. She was also on the Board of The Parent Company, a conglomerate of content and commerce Websites for growing families. Over the years she has sat on advisory boards and consulted for many organizations including the Children’s Defense Fund, The March of Dimes, McGraw Hill, and the Southern Poverty Law Center. She is a graduate of SUNY Purchase, and the mother of two sons who have grown up in the digital age.

Recently posted by this author:

Welcome New Rating System for Kids Digital Media Products

April 16, 2012

Here at the Cooney Center, we have seen the need to provide research-based guidance to help sift through the mountains of kids’ media that is out there (see our reports Always Connected and D Is for Digital) — so we are thrilled that Common Sense Media (CSM), the almost 10-year-old … 

Introducing the Games and Learning Publishing Council

June 30, 2011

Games is the hottest word. Last week, on June 24th, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center launched the Games and Learning Publishing Council. It came at the end of the Games for Change week and the day after AMD Foundation’s Changing the Game Partner Summit. To put a fine point on … 

Five Features of a Successful Game According to Al Gore

June 20, 2011

Al Gore doesn’t know THAT much about video games but who cares? He’s Al Gore, and he believes enough in their potential to have given the keynote speech today at the 8th Annual Games for Change conference at NYU where he pronounced, “Games are the new normal.” Gore is a … 

What’s the good stuff?

February 10, 2011

In my first week on the job at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center I learned about two terrific Websites — Poptropica and Whyville. I dutifully recommended them to my brother and sister-in-law, who are ever in search of “good” digital media for their 8-year-old. “Thanks so much for these,” Debbie …