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Nassau BOCES Executive Director receives outstanding advocate award

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Nassau BOCES Executive Director Lucinda Hurley receives the Child Care Council of Suffolk, Inc. Outstanding Advocate Award from Executive Director Janet Walerstein.

Nassau BOCES Executive Director receives outstanding advocate award Nassau BOCES’ Executive Director Lucinda Hurley received an Outstanding Advocate Award from the Child Care Council of Suffolk, Inc. Ms. Hurley, of Sea Cliff, N.Y., received the award for her tireless efforts on behalf of the children on Long Island. During her 30-year tenure with Nassau BOCES, Ms. Hurley has overseen many programs dedicated to early learning, including the Long Island Pre-K Initiative, Nassau BOCES’ Teenage Parenting Program, and a regionally based Even Start Family Literacy Program.

Through her work with the Long Island Pre-K Initiative, Ms. Hurley has spearheaded efforts to strengthen partnerships between school districts and community-based organizations. She has also created avenues for the sharing of information about research, policy and best practices for early learning. This grant-funded initiative has provided professional development to hundreds of Pre-K teachers and administrators.

Currently, Ms. Hurley serves as Executive Director of Nassau BOCES’ Department of Strategic Initiatives. She serves as a liaison with local businesses and community-based organizations, and coordinates agency and inter-agency collaborations and projects. She is both a leader and a resource for the entire agency in its strategic planning.

In her previous title as the Executive Director of Nassau BOCES Department of Instructional Programs and Alternative Schools, she oversaw the Teenage Parenting Program. The teens were not only provided with an academic education, but they also received a solid foundation in child development skills, nutritional education and why reading together to build early literacy was important. In addition, the babies of these students were cared for on campus so that they could benefit from age-appropriate physical, emotional, cognitive and social development, as well as increased readiness for school success.

In order to foster early childhood education, Ms. Hurley has made many connections and supported numerous grants, including the federal Even Start Family Literacy Program, which has benefited many low income parents and children from throughout Nassau County.

Ms. Hurley began her career at Nassau BOCES in 1986 in the Outdoor and Environmental Education program and has been an executive director of several departments during her tenure. She is the past president of the New York State Outdoor Education Association as well as a recipient of that organization’s Leadership and Golden Award. She is also a past board member of the Literacy Volunteers of American, the Cornell Cooperative Extension, JASON Foundation for Education and the SUNY at Cortland Alumni Curriculum Advisory Board.

As a frequent conference presenter and speaker, she has covered such topics as programs designed for at risk/high needs populations and communities, outdoor and environmental education, arts in education, leadership and administration, and interdisciplinary program design.

Ms. Hurley is a graduate of the State University College at Cortland, holds a master’s degree from Adelphi University and earned her School Administration and Supervision Certification from Hofstra University.