Cindy Harrington Heart & Mind Award

Honoring Early Childhood Education Professionals!

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.

This program honors 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

The recipient receives the Cindy Harrington Heart & Mind Award and a monetary award of $1,000. They are also featured on thread’s website, in thread’s e-Newsletter, and a press release to the media.

Nominations are now open!

Nominate an outstanding early educator for the 2023 Cindy Harrington Heart & Mind award here. The nomination period is open from March 1-31.


2022 Recipient

Past Recipients

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