Spearheading the effort to support high-quality care and education for young children is Cara Ciminillo, Trying Together’s executive director. Formerly known as the Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children (PAEYC), Trying Together “better captures our work and the work of the early childhood field,” says Ciminillo, who led the organizational rebrand. A longtime early childhood professional, Ciminillo joined PAEYC in 2012 as operations manager. She is a founding partner of the Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative, a group of more than 30 member organizations dedicated to advancing the importance of play in the lives of children, families, and communities in the region.
Ciminillo earned a bachelor of arts degree in ethnic studies from Bowling Green State University and a master of education degree in administrative and policy studies from the University of Pittsburgh. Her previous experience includes serving as the project director of an evaluation and assessment collaborative at the University of Pittsburgh and 13 years directing an international service program in native communities in Australia, the Caribbean, and North America.