AVANCE (ah-vahn-ceh), a nonprofit organization that provides parenting and early childhood education programs along with other family support services, is accepting proposals to enter into a re-grant agreement with AVANCE to implement their comprehensive nine month Parent-Child Education Program (PCEP).
Beginning in 2010, with a $12.6 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, AVANCE created the Unlocking America’s Potential Project (UAPP) to expand the evidence-based PCEP across the United States. AVANCE is re-granting funds over a three year time period (2011, 2012, and 2013) to twelve qualified organizations serving low-income Hispanic families.
The UAPP Re-grant allows for a one-time payment of $50,000 to selected organizations to help with initial setup costs to implement the PCEP. AVANCE provides intensive training to the staff selected to deliver the program, along with technical assistance, monitoring, and evaluation visits. Throughout the project, the best practices of each partner and AVANCE are shared to develop creative innovations and help improve the learning environment for participating families and AVANCE’s peers.
“The release of this third and final UAPP Request For Proposal marks a major milestone. We have just recently secured the 2012 re-grant partners and are awaiting a preliminary report from The National Institute of Early Education Research (NIEER) regarding the longitudinal research component of the project,” explained Magdalena G. Santos, AVANCE Project Director. “At this point, we are ecstatic at the accomplishments of our new found partners. These are exciting times in early childhood education and it is wonderful to be part of creating partnerships and innovations that will have a lasting impact on generations to come.”
The recipients of the 2012 UAPP Re-grants are are Amistades, Inc. in Tucson, AZ; Easter Seals Goodwill Industries in New Haven, CT; and The Family Place in Washington, D.C. They were selected due to their alignment with AVANCE’s mission, organizational structure, accreditation and evidence of impact within their communities among other criteria.
Since 1973, AVANCE has been dedicated to Unlocking America’s Potential by strengthening families in at-risk communities through effective parent education and support programs. The organization’s comprehensive PCEP has been proven to improve the school readiness of children zero to three years of age, and has life changing impacts on Latino families through partnerships with community-based organizations.
AVANCE President and CEO, Richard J. Noriega, said, “Our expansion efforts are being realized in a major way. The project has allowed us to serve more families than ever before and thrust AVANCE into leading the way in parent and early childhood education.”
The Next Big Thing: AVANCE will celebrate 40 years of serving families in 2013. Details surrounding AVANCE’s anniversary events and 1st Annual Parent-Child Education Conference are forthcoming. For more information, sponsorship and exhibit opportunities please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.