Parent-Child Education Program (PCEP)

AVANCE Parent-Child Education Program (PCEP)

An evidence-based two-generation program predominantly for Latino children and families, PCEP is AVANCE’s core program. We believe parents are their child’s first teachers and that the home is the child’s first classroom.

About PCEP: Two-Generation Model


Toy Making

(1 hours)

Learning through play

Creates a connection with their peers

16 educational toys from household items


(1 hours)

Provides a safe learning environment for parents

10-unit curriculum

Culturally sensitive delivery

Community Engagement

(1 hours)

Platform to connect with the local resources and services

Safe place to ask questions

Collaboration with other organizations



Early Childhood Education

(3 hours)

Enriched environment to learn the basic concepts for school-readiness

Reflects the school schedule and routine

Research-based curriculum

Home Visits

(once a month)

The connection between the program and the home

Opportunity for parent-child interaction

Observation and guided instruction for optimal interaction

Reinforces the learning process from the classroom through home practice

Parents who participate in PCEP:

Increase their knowledge of children’s brain development and how to support brain stimulation and language development in the home.

Learn how to make educational toys from household items that promote play and learning in the home.

Use tools that support their children’s school readiness and success in school.

Learn strategies that help prevent sources of stress and the development of healthy relationships.

Connect with other parents in their communities, building a network of support.

Learn about local community organizations and how to access resources.

Read more about our impact in our annual outcomes report.

Children who participate in PCEP:

Are more likely to be school ready at kindergarten entry

Are more likely to participate in Pre-K

Are less likely to be chronically absent

Learn more about our child outcomes by reading the full report here.



Parent Empowerment


Parent - Child Interactions


Social connectedness


School Readiness Knowledge

We are currently working with the Texas Policy Lab at Rice University to conduct a study to evaluate the impact of PCEP. To learn more, visit PCEP Evaluation Study.

What our families say about Us.

"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 a parent we can’t be left behind in terms of education and care of our little ones. I have taken the parenting course twice, and on both occasions, I have learned something different because the people who give the course are very well prepared and updated and give excellent guide and advice for each situation that arises. For my part, I try to do my bit of promoting the AVANCE program with my social circle so that this great work they do with the community does not end. My children have grown happier because I help them as much as I can for them to develop their ability in school, and I realize that by seeing their good grades and the praise of the teachers. Thank you AVANCE for coming into my life for a good change!"

Mrs. Cecilia Guajardo
AVANCE-Houston PCEP parent

Get Involved!

The AVANCE PCEP is currently offered through our chapters and licensees. PCEP is also implemented through AVANCE Head Start and Early Head Start programs offered in the Rio Grande Valley and the Houston and San Antonio areas. If you would like to learn more or enroll, please contact the location nearest you.


If you’re interested in bringing PCEP to your community through a partnership with AVANCE, please contact us to learn more about our licensing options. 

 AVANCE – Austin Inc.
4900 Gonzales St, Austin, TX 78702

AVANCE - North Texas
2060 Singleton Blvd., Ste 103 Dallas, TX 75212

AVANCE - Houston
4281 Dacoma, Houston, TX 77092

AVANCE - San Antonio, Inc.
903 Billy Mitchell Blvd, Ste 100, San Antonio, TX 78226

La Luz Center
17560 Greger Street, Sonoma, CA 95476

Petaluma Adult School
200 Douglas St., Petaluma, CA 94952

El Paso Community College
Valle Verde Campus
919 Hunter, El Paso, TX 79915