Jessica Francis

Jessica Francis (She/Her)

Senior Research Associate II


early childhood, child welfare

Professional Biography

Jessica holds a Ph.D. in child development from a joint program at Loyola University Chicago and Erikson Institute. Her current research is focused primarily on the impact of early childhood workforce supports. Most recently before joining Butler, Jessica served as the research and evaluation manager for the Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood (DIEEC), where she focused on program quality and internal organizational effectiveness. Prior to DIEEC, Jessica worked at the National Institute for Early Education Research for 15 years and led several large-scale early education research studies, as well as smaller evaluations of preschool interventions and curricula. When not working, Jessica loves spending time with her husband and three daughters and teaching the preschool class at her church. She can also be found running road races, from 5Ks to half marathons.


Loyola University Chicago/Erikson Institute, PhD

University of Virginia, MEd University of Virginia, BA