Sonoma Families Experience ‘Cradle to College’
By AVANCE on May 8, 2015
This May, more than 100 low-income, mostly Spanish-speaking Latino parents visited Sonoma State University to learn more about how attending college is possible for their families. This is part of the education they have received as part of the nine-month AVANCE Parent-Child Education Program they – and their 125 children- have participated in this year in Sonoma County.
The tour, funded by Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, included a bilingual student panel of first-generation college students, a presentation on how to prepare their children for college and lunch in the the student dining facility.
“The future of our county—our workforce, our quality of life, is dependent on the educational attainment of Latino children. We owe it to our children to give them the future they deserve by investing in programs like AVANCE. Eighty percent of children’s brain development occurs in the first three years of life, so the return on investment in parent-child early education programs is significant and cannot be delayed. That investment must begin at birth and at home—in every home,” stated Alfredo Perez, First 5 Executive Director.
First 5 Sonoma County has funded AVANCE since 2010.
Read the entire Petaluma Patch story: Graduating From College Begins At Birth: Message Hits Home During Parent-Child Tour Of Sonoma State