What is PALS?  

Parents Actively Lending Support (PALS) is a parent-led group whose vision is to provide social opportunities for families with young children. These opportunities will enrich and enhance the early childhood programs offered by Francis Howell School District. We support the Parents as Teachers (PAT) program and Francis Howell preschool programming: teachers, students, and patrons. PALS organizes social events, themed playtimes, Mom’s Night Out events, family outings, and group ticket rates for events at local venues and attractions. We also offer playgroup opportunities for families. Our guiding principles are community building, collaboration, and respect for every family and to foster positive home-school relationships.

What do PALS members do?

  • Host themed playtimes with activities designed for children ages 0 - 5, allowing them to interact with peers and learn through their play. The playtimes provide additional opportunities for families to network.
  • Meet for Mom's Night Out events - such as dinner at restaurants, cookie exchanges, and a variety of other activities.
  • Organize group rates for outings, special events, and area attractions.
  • Fund the PALS Helping Hands Hardship Assistance Scholarship for preschool families who are experiencing an unexpected financial crisis. 
  • Contribute to the FHSD Preschool Scholarship Fund.

Who can join PALS?

Anyone that is a resident of the Francis Howell School District OR actively participates in one of the District’s early childhood programs can join!  

How do I join?

  • Visit PALS’ website to download enrollment forms.
  • Email the PALS’ president for more information or to request forms.
  • PALS enrollment packets are available at the office windows of all three Early Childhood Centers.

*Please remember that you are not enrolled in PALS until we receive your enrollment form along with the enrollment fee, which can be mailed to or dropped off at any of the FHSD Early Childhood Centers.

How do I contact PALS?
Facebook:  FrancisHowellPALS


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