Lauri Cimino, Step Up to Quality director, has been working in early childhood education for three decades, joining the Nebraska Department of Education, Office of Early Childhood in 2014. She is a Nebraska native and received her education degree from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Lauri has served in a wide range of early childhood roles, from teacher to assistant director to director to regional director and regional manager. She has worked in public schools, nonprofits, federal government programs and corporate child development centers.
LINCOLN — In Nebraska, more than 76% of children under age 6 live in homes where all adults work, a figure that is higher than the national average. With this high percentage of young children needing care outside the home, accessible, high-caliber early childhood education becomes an even more important component of the overall quality […]