Lara Quiroga, M.Ed., is the Director for Strategic Initiatives for Children at Amoskeag Health, Greater Manchester’s Federally Qualified Health Center. Quiroga began her career as an early childhood teacher then administrator in child care, Head Start, and Early Head Start. She moved into higher education as adjunct faculty and Community Outreach Coordinator at Southern NH University School of Education, then as the Office of Institutional Research & Evaluation’s Reaccreditation Coordinator and the Office of the President’s Communications & Project Administrator at Tufts University.
Quiroga returned to early childhood in 2013 as Director for Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health), now LAUNCH Manchester, leading collaborative efforts to improve outcomes for young children. Quiroga helped develop the Adverse Childhood Experiences Response Team (ACERT). She currently oversees improving collaborative systems/services that promote wellbeing of children and families, such as LAUNCH Manchester, ACERT, Manchester Community Schools, Preschool Development Community Grant, and child abuse/neglect prevention. Quiroga is Lead Member of the NH Alliance of Regional Early Childhood Coalitions.
Quiroga received her B.S in Early Childhood Education Administration from Granite State College and her M.Ed. in Child Development from Southern NH University. Quiroga volunteers as the Vice Chair of the Manchester Community Resource Center Board of Directors and as an Advisory Board member for the City of Manchester Office of Youth Services.