AVANCE begins

The original AVANCE-Mother Infant Program was created in Dallas by two Cornell University doctoral students studying under Dr. Urie Bronfenbrenner.

AVANCE is established in San Antonio.
  • First classes begin in the Mirasol Housing Project.
AVANCE San Antonio Chapter opens first replication site
  • 1st Grant – Project Can Prevent, Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Program


Award outstanding Mental Health Program from the Mental Health Association
  • Awarded funding for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect from the National Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Visited by Prince Charles of Wales from England
  • Visited by the Carnegie Board of Directors and is discovered by President David Hamburg
Visited by First Lady Barbara Bush at the San Antonio Lincoln Center site
  • Visited by the Reverend Jesse Jackson
  • Featured in New York Times twice and on ABC World News Tonight
  • Featured on ABC’s Good Morning America and on several national documentaries such as “Ounce of Prevention” and “Scared Silent”.
  • AVANCE Fatherhood Program received funding from A.L. Mailman Foundation
  • Awarded General Foods Grant – AVANCE expands to Houston, Texas
Second visit by First Lady Barbara Bush and AVANCE is included in her book "First Teachers"
  • Awarded Comprehensive Child Development Program five-year grant, Hasbro Foundation provides additional funding to expand the Fatherhood Program
  • Receives first federal grant from the National Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect
AVANCE- San Antonio is among the first in the nation to receive Even Start Program grants
Oprah Winfrey invites AVANCE-Houston to be a part of "Scared Silent" documentary
Carnegie, Ford, Hasbro, W.K. Kellogg, Rockefeller, Hilton and Mott Foundations establish an AVANCE funding consortium
Featured as National Model in Prevention of Crime and Delinquency in McNeil Lehrer News
Featured in First Lady Hillary Clinton's book "It Takes a Village"
First Lady Rosalynn Carter cites AVANCE in "Helping Someone with Mental Illness"
Recipient of the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Families Count Award
AVANCE-Waco becomes incorporated thanks to a $1 million grant from the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Foundation
AVANCE National Headquarters included in the National Registry of Historic Buildings
  • The $5 million Capital Campaign is a success
  • AVANCE National Headquarters building is included in the National Registry of Historic Buildings
AVANCE founder Dr. Gloria Rodriguez receives National Hispanic Heritage Award in Education
Program expands to New Mexico and California with award from the W.K. Kellogg and Hilton Foundations
AVANCE makes history with $12.6 million grant from the W.K.Kellogg Foundation
Texas Association of Parent Educators presents AVANCE with Best Practices Award
AVANCE continues to receive national recognition
  • Simmons Luminary Award for Educational Excellence
  • Recipient of HEB Excellence in Education Award
  • New Profit, Inc. selects AVANCE to join their portfolio of investments
  • AVANCE President and CEO Richard Noriega featured on NBC’s Education Nation
  • AVANCE participates in Early Childhood Cohort in partnership with the Bezos Family Foundation
AVANCE on the national stage


  •  White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics calls AVANCE a Bright Spot in Hispanic Education.
  • PBS Selects AVANCE as Ready to Learn Advisor
  • Nearly $5 million in Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership grants awarded to AVANCE for San Antonio, Houston and the Rio Grande Valley
  • Texas A&M-San Antonio joins AVANCE in MOU to fortify Early Childhood Education
  • California expansion continues with opening of site in Yolo County


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

Thank You W.K. Kellogg Foundation
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