Alison works with families, educators (both formal and informal), and community organizations to provide engaging educational opportunities and professional development.
Alison Francis is the program facilitator for the Creativity and Literacy Program which is free to families in the Fox Chapel Area School District who have children between the ages of 3-5
years old. The Program provides an environment and resources to develop literacy and 21st century skills through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) integration. The program focuses on building family engagement habits in children’s early years which will continue throughout their formal education and beyond.
Alison also serves as the district’s Kindergarten Transition Facilitator serving families and community stakeholders. In this role she works to foster relationships, to create a continuum from preschool to kindergarten, and to develop collaborative relationships which result in improved enrollment and attendance in the kindergarten year.
She has collaborated with Digital Dream Labs to create a computer-programming curriculum for grades pre-k to 2 and has also collaborated with PAEYC to provide professional development around technology and STEAM education to local early childhood educators. Alison works with Sprout Fund’s, Change Machine which is dedicated to providing $500 grants to support, celebrate, and showcase unique youth-led initiatives with the power to incite positive change.