West Windsor, N.J. – Mercer County Community College (MCCC) alumna Ana Berdecia '88 ( A.A., Humanities and Social Sciences) continues to be recognized for her good works as a senior fellow with The John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy and director of the Center for the Positive Development of Urban Children at Thomas Edison State College (TESC).
Berdecia, who was selected for MCCC’s Alumni Leader Award in 2008, was recently honored by Children's Futures with its 2016 Guiding Light Award. The organization recognized Berdecia for her “commitment to helping children, early in life, develop a foundation of academic excellence and achievement.”
Children's Futures has been working to improve health and development outcomes for children in Mercer County since 2001. Through parental education, nurse home visits, case management and a host of other family support services, Children's Futures aims to prevent many of the issues that otherwise compromise the health and well-being of central New Jersey's most vulnerable residents.
In accepting the award, Berdecia said, "The early years are critical and incredible years of growth for young children. It's a joy to do my part to assist early childhood professionals to understand their important role as facilitators of learning that help children reach their potential.