Study Shows Long-Term Success for AVANCE Families
By AVANCE on January 23, 2014
AVANCE’s Parent-Child Education Program aims to educate and empower both parents and children to reach their full potential and break the cycle of poverty. It has been around for 40 years, but has it been successful?
According to a recent study by the Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA), the answer is an astounding yes.
IDRA, an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to assuring educational opportunity for every child, conducted an external impact study of the AVANCE Parent-Child Education Program (PCEP) that involved interviewing parents in San Antonio, Houston, Austin, Dallas and El Paso who completed the program seven to ten years ago. The study was designed to assess whether participation led to changes in education and socio-economic status.
The study proves that the AVANCE program has positive effects on families long after they graduate – especially, for those families who needed it the most.
- Not only are more AVANCE children school-ready when entering kindergarten (93% compared to 66% nationwide), but more are finishing high school (90% compared to 75% statewide in Texas and 66% of Texas Hispanics).
- Regarding their performance in school, 88% of children performed above average in school with 80% receiving an award from their school, including honor roll, perfect attendance or citizenship award.
- 76% reported that their children were involved in extra-curricular activities at school.
- Today, more than half of the parents (53.7%) are involved in their communities and 46% of parents are engaged with their children’s school.
- The number of mothers with higher education degrees increased 216%.
- The number of families who own their own home has increased 143%.
“This study shows what we already knew, AVANCE works…that early intervention is the best investment we can make for the future of our country,” said Rick Noriega, AVANCE President and CEO. “Engaged parents with school-ready kids are the key to breaking the cycle of poverty.”
Using a two-generation approach, AVANCE equips children with the necessary tools for academic and personal success, while enabling parents to develop as engaged role models, form their own social support network, and increase their own educational attainment. During the AVANCE PCEP, parents, or caregivers, and their children participate in weekly classes for nine months.
AVANCE, a nonprofit organization dedicated to unlocking America’s potential by strengthening families in at-risk communities through effective parent education and support programs, has served families since 1973. The organization has grown from humble beginnings in San Antonio’s Marisol Housing Project to a two-generation innovator with programs across the country.