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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 care & learning 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 care & learning 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. You can read more about Cindy Harrington in this tribute written by Carol Prentice.

"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

"Cindy brought so much to the early childhood table in Alaska. Her strategic mind always saw the big picture and her generous heart saw each child and family. She was a valued colleague and a precious friend." Carol Prentice, former SEED Project Manager

Cindy Harrington


Congratulations Samantha Adams

The recipient of the 2017 Cindy Harrington Heart & Mind Award is Samantha Adams. She was selected for this award because she demonstrates the same “heart & mind” style leadership that Cindy defined. Opening her TLC Child Care in 2006, she has made a commitment to providing the highest quality of care for the children under her care and does this through a play-based curriculum with many new and exciting adventures for her children. It is her philosophy to provide high-quality service in a safe, nurturing environment. Ensuring her children are exposed to a variety of experiences, she takes the children on trips to the Folk Fest, various theatre performances, The Children’s Dental Health Fair and many other local events or activities, along with the adoption of several goats and a couple sheep.  She is described in her nomination as having the motto – Messy is Magic!

An active advocate for the early care and learning profession, Samantha is a member of AEYC, participant in The Hearts Initiative, Best Beginnings and Strengthening Families and active in her local community.  Samantha is focused on hiring and retaining a qualified staff and strives to help them grow professionally through training and educational opportunities. 

Samantha Adams (middle) with Joy Lyon (left), Executive Director of AEYC Southeast and thread CEO Stephanie Berglund (right

Samantha Adams (middle) with Joy Lyon (left) and thread CEO Stephanie Berglund (right)

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