Areas of Expertise

  • Kindergarten Readiness
  • Family literacy
  • Social-Emotional skill building for Families and Educators
  • Somatic Education and Whole Body Learning
    (practices including Touch, Music, Movement, and Sensory Integration)
  • Culturally specific curriculum development
  • Program development, implementation and evaluation 
  • Integration of peer to peer adult outreach and education programming
  • Early development across learning domains

Alli Cuentos


Allí Cuentos is a lifelong learner and activist; continually studying and searching for ways to support moment building and equal access. All draws from her rich experiences as a teacher, family support provider, somatic movement educator and organizer to support organizations, families, and educators. With over 19 years of experience in art and movement education, Alli has worked with children and youth of all ages.  When not consulting, Alli is a birth doula, infant/parent educator and co owner of the holistic wellness center, Community Well. Alli lives in the Excelsior district of San Francisco and is the proud mama of two constantly moving children.

Dawn Noelle Smith Beutler


As a family literacy facilitator Dawn ( a.k.a. Aurora) combines her background in cultural anthropology with 20 years of experience as an educator and 15 years of bi-cultural mothering to empower families with babies and small children to read together. For the past 8 years, Dawn has worked in collaboration with The Reading Tree, partnering with multiple organizations in San Francisco to nurture a love of books and reading together in families as a primary path to early literacy. Dawn is passionate to show families how to bring books to life so that they can experience the excitement and connectedness of reading together each and every day.