About Us

Why Avance?

"An effort made for the happiness of others lifts us above ourselves."
- Mrs. Lydia Maria Child


Unlocking America's Potential by strengthening families in at-risk communities through effective parent education and support programs.


We envision a future where we live in a world where children and parents advance their full potential, transforming the communities in which we live.

Derived from the Spanish word meaning progress or advancement, AVANCE is a national nonprofit dedicated to providing innovative education and family support services to hard-to-reach families since 1973. Specifically dedicated to serving marginalized communities, AVANCE strives to empower families to break the cycle of poverty through a proven two-generation approach combining early childhood development and parenting education.

At the core, AVANCE believes tAVANCE Story time pic. 1hat a program providing culturally appropriate parenting education, empowerment, and community building with early childhood development services to hard-to-reach families can change the trajectory of children’s lives.

We have found that the key to healthy early childhood development is a two-generation approach that capitalizes on parents’ inner strength and innate love for their children to help them become the best teachers and stewards of their children’s growth and success.  Parental education alone is not enough; an effective intervention must build parents’ resilience, interpersonal connections, networks, and access to education, jobs and other opportunities. True parental engagement empowers parents to become advocates for their children and families.

AVANCE has earned much acclaim from national press such as the New York Times, Parade Magazine, ABC World News Tonight, Hispanic Business Magazine, MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, Univision, and Parents Magazine. Additionally, AVANCE has been included in books authored by three First Ladies of the United States: Hillary Rodham Clinton’s “It Takes a Village”, Barbara Bush’s “First Teachers” and Rosalynn Carter’s “Helping Someone with Mental Illness.” Several dignitaries have also visited AVANCE including Charles, Prince of Wales.

“AVANCE is making a difference because it links literacy with essential life skills.”
— Laura BushLaura_Bush

  • AVANCE Headquarters
    118 North Medina Street
    San Antonio, Texas 78207

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