Past, Present, and Future – AVANCE News September 2020

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…

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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…

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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…

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Update from AVANCE on COVID-19

We are, without a doubt, facing trying times as the effects of the rapidly evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) situation ripple across nearly every aspect of our daily lives. Families and communities across the country are working together to overcome the anxiety and uncertainty brought on by the sudden and indefinite closure of schools and businesses. At…

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AVANCE CEO Issues Response to Recent Violence in El Paso and Dayton

San Antonio, TX – The AVANCE network is deeply saddened by the tragedies of this past weekend, especially in El Paso, TX where we have served parents and children for 24 years. We are grateful that our staff and families are physically safe. However, the events in their community this weekend have caused emotional pain…

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Celebrating PCEP Graduates of 2019

This May, AVANCE graduated over 900 families from its signature Parent-Child Education Program (PCEP). We are incredibly proud of the families and children who spent nine months with our AVANCE educators, completing the 27-lesson PCEP. The parents and caregivers developed skills through parent education classes, home visitations, toy-making classes, and interactive parent-child literacy activities. They also…

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Greater Impact and Growth through Promising Ventures Fellowship

Talk of West Coast accelerator programs doesn’t generally conjure thoughts of 45-year-old non-profits. But AVANCE Inc. is ready to show that even established organizations can embrace and advance innovation in Early Childhood Development (ECD). AVANCE was recently selected to take part in the inaugural cohort of the Promising Ventures Fellowship, an accelerator program centered on…

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AVANCE Receives Grant from The Meadows Foundation

The Meadows Foundation recently awarded a $50,000 grant to AVANCE National in support of the organization’s efforts to advance the wellbeing and healthy development of young children in Texas by improving the quality and capacity of home-based child care providers (also known as Family Child Care Homes). AVANCE was among 30 Texas organizations awarded a…

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Little by little you see them grow and gain confidence

Seeing our parents blossom is like the life cycle of a butterfly. Little by little you see them grow and gain confidence. As they move through the program, they reflect a different energy. And, you can see it – that confidence for them and their children. – Austin Parent Educator.

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Parent-Child Education Program

I had three children by the time I entered the AVANCE Parent-Child Education Program. I thought I knew a lot. But, AVANCE opened me up to a totally different view. They provided me with a lot of information that I did not know. When I graduated, it was like I was coming into a different…

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