Elise Franchino

Research Associate, Early & Elementary Education

Elise Franchino is a research associate with the Early & Elementary Education and English Learner Education teams.


Before joining New America in January 2019, Franchino was an early childhood educator. Over eight years, Franchino taught Head Start, RTI, preschool, and kindergarten in urban public schools and child care centers in Pennsylvania and Delaware. Inspired to impact change in the educational system, she moved to Washington, DC to pursue policy. She interned with Save the Children’s early childhood development team and was a fellow with Learn Together, Live Together, working on issues of school diversity in DC.


Franchino holds a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from West Chester University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in TESOL literacy from Wilmington University, and a certificate in Education Finance from Georgetown University.