The Cindy Harrington Heart & Mind Award

The Cindy Harrington Heart & Mind Award is an annual award given to an individual who is currently working in the field of early childhood education in the state of Alaska. Cindy Harrington was one of the founding mothers of early childhood work in Alaska, as well as a member of thread’s Board of Directors until her untimely passing in May of 2014. We honor Cindy’s passion, strength, and professionalism by awarding an individual in early childhood education who exemplifies these characteristics. One of Cindy Harrington’s strengths was recognizing individual achievement, especially when it involved overcoming barriers. The recipient of this award demonstrates the qualities Cindy herself would want to honor.

"Cindy had an incredible capacity to love and share her energy and positivity with others. She is one of the founding mothers of early childhood work in Alaska and has been part of making a great change and progress in the field. She will be dearly missed but will be honored through her legacy and advocacy for quality early care and education." Stephanie Berglund, CEO, thread


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2019 Cindy Harrington Heart & Mind Award Recipient: Chris Jurenka

Chris Jurenka of Anchorage is the recipient of thread’s 2019 Cindy Harrington Heart & Mind Award. Chris is the operations manager at Providence Center for Child Development and has been an early educator for more than 35 years. Chris is a leader in the classroom, encouraging children to learn and grow toward their full potential. She has been described as an expert in the field and as someone who embodies the spirit of perseverance. She is also a firm supporter of continued education and encourages professional development opportunities for her staff and others in the early and care learning field.

Pictured, left to right, are thread Board member Starr Marsett, 2019 award recipient Chris Jurneka, thread Board President Sen Tan, and thread CEO Stephanie Berglund.

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