Every Story has a Beginning…

Every story has a beginning… In 1964, psychologist Dr. Urie Bronfenbrenner testified before Congress that resources should be devoted to child development as a way of lifting children out of poverty. His ecological systems theory, the idea that the course of a child’s development is influenced by environmental factors in the family and community at-large, … Read more

UnidosUS and AVANCE Address Dual Language Learning

UnidosUS and AVANCE Address Dual Language Learning Together with AVANCE, UnidosUS conducted focus groups with Latino parents to discuss early dual language development. Unfortunately, the 2022 data demonstrate that Latino families continue to experience a lack of understanding within ECE systems, with their children bearing the brunt of continuing misinformation. UnidosUS found that educators and … Read more

PSJA realiza programa de educación para ambos padres e hijos

AVANCE apareció en esta historia de 5 noticias en el Valle del Río Grande: PSJA realiza programa de educación para ambos padres e hijos A través del distrito escolar PSJA, se está realizando un programa especial de comunicación para padres de familia. ¿Ustedes se han preguntado sobre las dificultades que pueden tener los padres con … Read more

AVANCE redesigns website to celebrate the power of culture, language and stories

AVANCE, a leading national nonprofit of two-generation programming, is excited to announce the launch of a newly redesigned website at avance.org. The design of the new website reflects the updated AVANCE brand and is a celebration of the journeys of the families, child care providers, and communities served by the organization. Consistent with the AVANCE … Read more

Experience AVANCE with an exclusive Toy Making Kit! 

One of the most unique things about our Parent-Child Education Program (PCEP) has always been the toy making component. Our trained toy makers guide parents through the process of creating educational toys for their children from readily available materials around the home. The purpose of toy making is to give parents tools that can be … Read more

AVANCE to build Shared Services Alliance for home child care providers in Texas

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) and Texas Mutual came together to support AVANCE Inc. (AVANCE), a Texas-based non-profit that specializes in supporting home child care providers (also called family child care providers), by providing funding to establish a Shared Services Alliance for home child care providers across the state of Texas. AVANCE will use the … Read more

Family Update: AVANCE-Houston

In November, AVANCE-Houston said a bittersweet goodbye to teacher aide Cristina Rodriguez. In 2014, Cristina and her husband Gael enrolled in the AVANCE-Houston Early Head Start program while she was pregnant with their daughter Aria. Two years later, they were recognized at the AVANCE-Houston annual luncheon with the Exemplary Family Award. Cristina has since learned to speak … Read more

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

AVANCE Inc. expands Head Start services in Rio Grande Valley

AVANCE Inc. (AVANCE) has been awarded a $7.4 million grant by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to operate Head Start and Early Head Start programs in the Texas counties of Starr and Zapata, expanding services AVANCE currently provides in the Rio Grande Valley. With this grant AVANCE will serve 592 children in … Read more

The resilience of AVANCE staff during the COVID-19 pandemic

We approached those first days of March just like others across the country: closely monitoring news of the emerging novel coronavirus outbreak. Following the guidance of public health experts and local officials, we began developing contingency plans, but the situation deteriorated so rapidly that we still found ourselves in uncharted territory. While there were many … Read more