Cindy Harrington Heart & Mind Award: Criteria and Description

Recognition Category: Individual excellence

Who is Eligible for the Award: Individuals who currently work in the early childhood education field in Alaska, with special consideration given to those in child care, and who possess some or all of Cindy Harrington’s heart and mind characteristics identified below. Special consideration will be given to individuals who have overcome barriers in achieving professional growth and demonstrated generosity of spirit in helping others. thread staff are not eligible to receive this award.

Recognition Description and Criteria to Meet: The award will be presented to the recipient at the annual Anchorage AEYC Early Childhood Conference during the morning general session. The recipient will receive the Cindy Harrington Heart & Mind Award and a monetary award of $1,000. They will also be featured on thread’s website and in thread’s newsletter, as well as in a press release to the media.

Nominees should be individuals currently employed in the early childhood education field in Alaska who exhibit the following characteristics as demonstrated through their work with young children:

  • Involvement with the early childhood education profession, particular child care
  • Strength of character
  • Commitment to excellence
  • Professional determination
  • Impassioned spirit
  • Dedication to professional growth
  • Passion for engaging families
  • Commitment to encouraging others

Nomination Process: Nominations can be made by anyone familiar with the nominee’s contribution to the early childhood education field. The nomination form can be completed and emailed as an attachment to Jordan Beckenbach.

Nominations will open this Fall. All nominations forms must be fully completed at the time of submissions to be considered. Selections will be made by the awards committee and based solely on the nomination submitted.

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