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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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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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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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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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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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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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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AVANCE Names New CEO San Antonio, TX – (May 14, 2019) – The Board of Directors of San Antonio-based nonprofit AVANCE Inc. has appointed Dr. Teresa Granillo as the organization’s next CEO. Granillo succeeds Tom Hedrick who joined AVANCE as interim CEO in January 2018.   Granillo was previously Executive Director of Con Mi MADRE,…

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AVANCE, Inc. Celebrates 45 Years of Helping Families Succeed San Antonio, TX (September 14, 2018) – Today marks the anniversary of the 1973 founding of AVANCE, Inc., and the organization is celebrating 45 years of transforming lives in high-risk communities across the country. Back in 1973, Dr. Gloria Rodriguez, a former teacher, had an idea…

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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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