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…

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AVANCE names new Regional Director

AVANCE Inc. announced Friday that it has selected María I. Campos as Regional Director for the organization’s operations in the Rio Grande Valley. Assuming this new leadership role on November 3, Campos will oversee AVANCE Head Start and Early Head Start programs in the South Texas Counties of Hidalgo, Starr, and Zapata. “We are delighted…

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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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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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