Marianna Talamante

My name is Marianna Talamante, I am an Early Head Start Teacher at Dora O. Martinez ECDC in Zapata Texas. My journey began as an Early Head Start/Head Start (EHS/HS) parent where I watched the growth and development of my own children flourish. Seeing this, I set a goal to one day be a Teacher … Read more

Maria Guadalupe Rivera

AVANCE has been one of the best experiences for many years as a mom, as a woman, as a professional. Sometimes we are with our children but we are with a lot of work, but AVANCE focuses on you and helps you to become better so that your children are better. I recommend AVANCE because … Read more

Edith Reséndiz & Aranza Pegueros 

I appreciate the opportunity to invite me to share my experience with the AVANCE program, it was a great help for me as well as for my daughter Aranza, because the classes they offer have very valuable information. Whenever you start with something, you don’t know what comes first and these classes have been a … Read more


Another of our graduates, Blanca arrived scared and insecure. In class she went out to look through the windows to see if her daughter Regina was okay in the baby’s classroom. She was afraid; she had never left Regina with someone else. After three months, she could not believe how much Regina had learned in … Read more

Enriqueta Cora

My name is Enriqueta Cora, and I am the owner and director of my home daycare “Cora’s Day Care” which I founded in May 1985. I have been serving the El Paso Families for 37 years. The QCCM and the AVANCE program started in October 2021 and I started working with them from the beginning. I … Read more

Mrs. Cecilia Guajardo

Hello, my name is Cecilia Guajardo and I want to thank the AVANCE program because it has had a great impact on my life. From the first class, I realized that whatever age we are it is important to continue learning about the education of our children because they evolve as time pass and as … Read more

2021 – Continued Growth & Innovation

With support of the Texas Workforce Commission, AVANCE launches a statewide business coaching program for family child care providers. In partnership with El Paso Community College and Workforce Borderplex, AVANCE pilots AVANCE to College, a program that utilizes the Parent-Child Education Program to provide parents direct access to postsecondary education.

2020 – Resilience amid a Global Crisis

In response to COVID-19, AVANCE adapts the Parent-Child Education Program for virtual delivery. AVANCE becomes an affiliate of UnidosUS. Office of Head Start awards AVANCE a grant expanding Head Start and Early Head Start in the Rio Grande Valley across Starr and Zapata Counties. 

Past, Present, and Future – AVANCE News

It is almost hard to believe it’s already September, and even more hard to believe is that today we celebrate 47 years of serving the community with our early childhood and parenting education programming! Through the past 47 years, we have faced many challenges, but none like those we have faced this year.  With so … Read more