The 24th Daytime Emmy Awards were held on May 21, 1997 at Radio City Music Hall, New York City. to commemorate excellence in daytime programming from the previous year (1996). The Lifetime Achievement award was presented to Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers).
Michael Hirsh, Patrick Loubert, Kristin Laskas Martin, Alison Blank, Jane Startz, Clive A. Smith, Karen Stevens, Patricia R. Burns, Stephen Hodgins, Vince Commisso, Charles E. Bastien, George Arthur Bloom, Jocelyn Stevenson and Susan Blu (The Magic School Bus)
Andy Heyward, Michael Maliani, Robby London, Stacey Gallishaw, Emily Wensel, Margaret M. Dean, Sean Roche, Renee Toporzysek, Stan Phillips and Marsha Goodman (Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?)
Robby Merkin, Danny Epstein, Michael Abbott, Christopher Cerf, Sarah Durkee, Paul Jacobs, Gail 'Sky' King, Stephen Lawrence, Howard Marren, Steven Nelson, Fernando, Terry Mike Jeffrey, Dave Conner, Jeff Moss and Tony Geiss (Sesame Street)
Paca Thomas, Nick Carr, Marc S. Perlman, Kris Daly, Melissa Ellis, Phyllis Ginter, Eric Hertsguaard, Paul Holzborn, Jennifer Mertens, William Griggs, Jeff Hutchins, Kenneth Young, Bill Kean, David Lynch and Otis Van Osten (Mighty Ducks)
Norman Stiles, Lou Berger, Luis Santeiro, Nancy Sans, Christine Ferraro, John Weidman, Belinda Ward, Adam Rudman, Molly Boylan, Annie Evans, Ian Ellis James, Emily Perl Kingsley, Jeff Moss, Mo Willems, Tony Geiss, David Korr, Sonia Manzano, Judy Freudberg, Cathi Turow, Sara Compton, Josh Selig and Joey Mazzarino (Sesame Street)
Outstanding Directing in a Children's Series