About us

About Us


AVANCE creates pathways to economic mobility for predominantly Latino families through high-quality, culturally responsive, two-generation programming that ensures school-readiness for young children and opportunities for parents to build social and
economic capital.


We envision a world where all children and families have equitable access to resources and opportunities to reach their fullest potential, transforming the communities in
which we live.

The story of AVANCE began in 1972 when two Cornell University doctoral students studying under Dr. Urie Bronfenbrenner created the Mother-Infant Program in Dallas. A year later in September of 1973, Dr. Gloria Rodriguez founded AVANCE and began offering classes at the Mirasol Housing Project on
San Antonio’s west side.

The AVANCE Way is a distinctive strengths-based approach to working with families that centers on meeting families where they are and building on their strengths to foster community, trust, and learning. We employ specific strategies based on the unique needs of families and children to introduce them to resources and opportunities
the community.

For nearly 50 years, AVANCE has been creating pathways to economic mobility for families through innovative, culturally responsive two-generation (2Gen) programming. Our ultimate goal is equitable access for all children and families to the resources and opportunities
that allow them to reach
their fullest potential.