Meet Laura


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For over thirty years, Laura Simkin has been a passionate, thoughtful champion of public schools and the importance of early childhood education. Her work has included administration and management of educational programming, curriculum development, policy development, and advocacy in early childhood settings.

She is an MMSD parent, with a son about to graduate from Madison East High School. And she is also a changemaker, dedicated to working with others to make public education stronger and more equitable.

Currently, Laura serves as the manager of Satellite Family Child Care System at Reach Dane, where she is responsible for the oversight of the quality of family child care programs within the City of Madison’s accreditation system, creating and implementing adult education, supervising staff, short and long term strategic planning.

Before joining Reach Dane, she was an early childhood teacher in the Waisman Early Childhood Program at UW Madison, working within that inclusive and nationally acclaimed program to provide a high-quality classroom environment and an enriching curriculum to children with diverse developmental needs.

Her career has also included work at agencies supporting early childhood educators. As the Membership Services Coordinator at the Wisconsin Early Childhood Association (WECA), Laura assisted educators as they advanced their careers through college coursework and was the liaison for the agency’s First Nations collaborations. She also guided the department and local membership chapters through a full restructuring process.

Laura earned her BS in Child and Family Studies from UW-Madison and her MS in Leadership and Policy in Early Care and Education from Wheelock College in Boston.


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