Since 1973, AVANCE has transformed the lives and communities of thousands of families.
Research and Evaluation
AVANCE’s approach is grounded in the evidence of early childhood learning and has been highlighted as a leading two-generation model by the National Head Start Association (NHSA) and Ascend at the Aspen Institute.
The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) is currently completing a study of the adaptability of AVANCE’s PCEP model in diverse communities.
Previously, the most extensive research study on the PCEP was completed in 1991 by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, who found PCEP had a powerful effect on the ability of women participating in the program to provide an educationally and emotionally encouraging environment for their children.
Since 1998, AVANCE chapters have conducted local research projects tracking school achievement of AVANCE child graduates in Dallas, El Paso and San Antonio school districts. Other past research activities include school readiness surveys, impact on mothers surveys, and maternal attitude and behavior studies.
Past research and evaluations:
- IDRA External Evaluation Study Executive Summary
- Home visiting in Texas: Current and future directions
- Carnegie Study
- 17 Year Reunion Study
- School Readiness Survey
- Impact On Mother’s Survey
- Maternal Attitudes Behavioral Study
Texas Standardized Testing
Children who graduate from the AVANCE PCEP have consistently outperformed their peers on Texas’ Standardized Tests. Learn more from our chapters: