Ashley Pletz


Ashley leads the 0-3 Program at The Primary School, weaving together family support services with developmental screenings, early intervention and parent/child attachment-focused programming. Her work is rooted in social justice, galvanized by the lived experiences of children underserved by our fragmented systems of care and education, and fueled by a sense of possibility. Prior to joining The Primary School, Ashley was the Director of Early Childhood Education for Teach for America-Bay Area. She started her career in Chicago teaching Head Start, preschool and kindergarten, and ultimately working in school leadership. Ashley has consulted for national and international education non-profits, served 6 years on the board of directors for VOCEL, an innovative early education agency in Chicago, and was selected to be the Harvard Presidential Public Service Fellow in the Office of Early Childhood Education in the New York City Department of Education.  

Ashley earned her BA in Sociology with Spanish Citation from Harvard University, and Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School. She holds a Masters in Early Education and teaching credential from Dominican University in Illinois. She’s the embarrassingly proud mom of a 1 year old.