June 29, 2020

Coffee with the Community featuring Cara Ciminillo

Are you interested in learning more about Trying Together’s mission and work? Join The Salon on Thursday, July 2 for their event “Coffee Conversation with Cara Ciminillo of Trying Together” to hear from Trying Together Executive Director Cara Ciminillo!

About Coffee with the Community

Coffee with the Community is The Salon‘s way to engage with leading community organizations, gain insight into their causes and the populations they are serving, and find ways to provide support to their efforts. For those attending the conversation, event hosts ask that you consider making a donation to the featured organization if you are able. To learn more, visit their website.


To register and learn more, visit the event webpage.


January 2, 2020

Trying Together Friendraiser

Are you interested in learning more about Trying Together, advocating for early childhood, and expanding your network? Join Executive Director Cara Ciminillo and Trying Together’s Board of Directors on February 27 for our 2020 Friendraiser! The event will feature a brief presentation and networking with early childhood professionals and stakeholders.

Click here to learn more about Trying Together’s Board of Directors.

Event Details

Thursday, February 27, 2020
4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Southern Tier
316 N Shore Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15212


Registration is required and must be completed by February 25, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. During registration, if you do not know the email address(es) of your guest(s), please insert your email in the associated field. A copy of the registration receipt will be sent. To register, complete the form below.



April 10, 2019

Child Care Woes: The Push to Expand Access

In a recent article published online by the Christian Science Monitor (CSM), Trying Together Executive Director Cara Ciminillo discussed parent’s “constant hustle” in relation to providing and identifying high-quality care for their young children.


In the article, staff writer Sara Miller Llana brings in the story of Dana Hunter, a full-time employee and mother living in Pittsburgh. In this, Ms. Hunter describes the challenging balancing act of providing primary care for her young children while managing the workload and time requirements of full-time employment. Trying Together Cara Ciminillo mentions, “It’s a constant hustle. It’s a constant piecing together and juggling of demands and priorities.”

After sharing this story, the article later goes on to explain the growing support for pre-k, calling on evidence that access to early education not only supports the healthy development of young children but also supports caregivers’ return to the workforce. Although political figures are calling for increased access to early care and education, supported by the successful implementation of such programs in other countries, “affordable, quality child care still remains out of reach for many families, with women often shouldering the bulk of domestic management.”


Read the full article to learn more about Pennsylvania’s push to expand access to child care.


January 29, 2019

Looking Forward, Together

Can you believe it’s been one year since we changed our name to Trying Together?!

As I reflect on all that has changed, particularly in the last two years, I am encouraged by what has stood the test of time: our commitment to supporting the work of early childhood.

Through our collaborations with you, we are creating a future in which caregivers feel valued, children have access to high-quality early learning environments, and families have the resources they need to support their children’s early learning experiences.

We look forward to working together with you to make this vision a reality for all young children and their caregivers in 2019 and beyond. Like Fred Rogers said, “…trying together, just about anything can be possible.”


Cara Ciminillo, Trying Together Executive Director