Derived from the Spanish word for advancement or progress, AVANCE (ah-vahn-ceh) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing innovative two-generation education and family support services in low-income and impoverished communities throughout the U.S since 1973.
We believe that 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. Effective parental engagement empowers parents to become advocates for their children and families.
AVANCE has earned much acclaim from national press as the New York Times, Parade Magazine, ABC World News Tonight, Hispanic Business Magazine, MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, and Parent’s 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.” Special dignitaries have also visited AVANCE including Charles, Prince of Wales.