AVANCE in the News



Mesa directiva de AVANCE nombra a una nueva Directora Ejecutiva General


Spring ISD partners with nonprofit to expand pre-K

AVANCE Awards Honorary Houstonians

AVANCE Houston celebró su almuerzo anual y entrega de premios

AVANCE-Houston abre nuevo Centro de Educación Temprana

Dos latinos son nominados a premios de voluntariado en Houston

Annual Luncheon 2015


Healthy Marriage


Head Start


Children Attend Kindergarten Boot Camp To Prepare For School


Children Learn Power of Doing Good Via Disney Summer Tour


GED Graduation (Estudiar para superarse)


AVANCE Employee Benefits from Deferred Action Program

Young Immigrants Move out of the Shadows


Indo American Charity Foundation Presents Check to AVANCE

Indo American Charity Foundation Presents Check to AVANCE – See more at: http://www.guidrynews.com/story.aspx?id=1000054267#sthash.8aBCzWHP.dpuf


AVANCE Gala 25th Anniversary


Bank of America and Merryl Lynch Visit AVANCE-Mangum 

AVANCE GED Graduations 2012

AVANCE Celebrates a Night in Rio


Astros CAREavan visits AVANCE Mangum Center


AVANCE Opens Lincoln Park and Tidwell Head Start Centers


AVANCE Receives Healthy Marriage Grant


AVANCE Seeks Mentors for GED Students

AVANCE Graduation 2011 – May 2011

Service King’s Charity Golf Tournament raises $35k for AVANCE Programs –  May 2011

Head Start Parent Conference 2011 –  April 2011

Programa Paternidad Responsable de AVANCE – Como Mantener la Autoridad frente a un Adolescente – Febrero 2011


AVANCE Honors Loyas at Celebration 2011


AVANCE Earns National NAEYC Accreditation – February 2011


Responsible Parent Receives Car – December 2010


AVANCE-Mangum Education Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony – October 2010

The Mangum Education Center ribbon cutting ceremony was a great success. The event took place on the grounds of AVANCE’s new flagship education center on October 22 at 11:30 AM. Keynote address by Mayor Annise Parker and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee.


Jose Villarreal Recognized for Lifetime Community Contributions- September 2010

AVANCE-Houston, Inc.’s Executive Director, Jose Villarreal honored at two galas in recognition of his many years of service and commitment to imporving the Houston community.


Early-Childhood Education: an Issue of National Security – By RICK NORIEGA

February 3, 2010



AVANCE Family Support and Education Program Expands in Northwest Houston

April 12, 2010

Avance-Houston, Inc. received $6 milion in stimulus funds to open an educational center for its Head Start and elementary charter school programs.  The center, located at 4503 Mangum, is on the site of several abandoned buildings that are being renovated and converted to classrooms and other facilities.  The construction is expected to be completed by the start of the school year in the fall.  Read more…


Getting to know… Hector Rodriguez

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Hector Rodriguez is a humanist, published author, consultant and international motivational speaker.  He has dedicated his professional career to the research, and implementation of programs geared towards the primary developmetn of individuals and family empowerment.  For the last nine years, he has been part of AVANCE-Houston, Inc., where he works with the Head Start Program Coordinators and Specialists in the planning of Parent Education and Parent Development activities. Read more…


Eyesore to ‘oasis’
Abandoned buildings on Mangum to be transformed into Head Start/Early Head Start Center

By Greg Densmore, Editor – March 4, 2010

Thanks to an influx of federal stimulus funds, the abandoned, empty buildings and parking lot on Mangum – just north of West 43rd – will soon be transformed from a neighborhood eyesore into a well-designed and attractive Head Start/Early Head Start Center and Elementary Education Young Learners Charter School. Read more…


AVANCE-Annual Celebration – February 2010


AVANCE RGV Job Fair – December 2009


AVANCE-Houston and SER Jobs for Progress-Houston host job fair – November 2009


Pamela Chambers O’Rourke, an ICON for women in business – July 2009

by Peter Fretty

When Pamela Chambers O’Rourke started her career she was filled with dreams and ambitions – fueled from years of listening to her daddy, the late Jack K. Chambers, Sr.’s encouragement.  Since then O’Rourke has accomplished almost all the goals she set out for herself when she started Houston-based ICON Information Consultants. Read more…


Hector Rodriguez, narrador de la autoayuda

The Houston Chronicle Blog La Butaca Thursday, February 12, 2009

El escritor colombiano Héctor Rodríguez, radicado en Houston, será galardonado como Autor del Año 2009 en el Festival Hispano del Libro 2009 que se realizará en el hotel Hilton Southwest el domingo 22 de febrero. Para Rodríguez su literatura es un vehículo para “inspirar y ayudar” a otros seres humanos a resolver problemas de pareja, familiares o de conciencia personal. Read more…


AVANCE Hosts Forum on Childhood Education – February 2009


AVANCE-Houston’s Annual Gala Honors Butlers

March 1, 2007

Longtime community volunteers Penny and John Butler were honored earlier this month by AVANCE-Houston at the organization’s annual gala at the Hilton Houston Post Oak.

The gala raised nearly $100,000 for AVANCE’s programs, which include area-wide classes in parenting, adult literacy, GED, English and computer training.Read more…


The Houston Entrepreneur Challenges Others to Support AVANCE’s Family Education Programs

Friday, February 9, 2007

John Barbosa, President of Challenge Office Products, was recognized for his family-owned company’s financial support of AVANCE-Houston at the organization’s annual fundraising gala on February 9 at the Hilton Houston Post Oak Hotel.   Read more…


Taxpayer Dollars Earmarked for the State of Couples’ Unions

November 6, 2006 – Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle

President Bush’s plan to fight poverty by encouraging marriage will mean at least $2.5 million this year for community and faith-based groups in Houston to offer workshops and activities aimed at developing stable relationships. The beneficiaries include a community group that works with unwed couples having babies and an organization that helps resettled international refugees adjust to family life in Houston.   The money, more than $150 million nationally, is being funneled primarily to groups targeting the poor. The policy is driven in large part by statistics showing that children from single-parent families and broken homes are far more likely to grow up in poverty than children raised by stable couples. Read more…



Latest Videos

Participants of the Parent-Child Program offer their testimonials and tell their stories about how AVANCE helped them change their lives.


AVANCE promotes education for the entire family


AVANCE Celebrated its Fall Festival 2012


AVANCE Family shares a heartwarming testimonial about their experience with our programs.



The holidays brought joy to two exemplary AVANCE  mothers,  as two collision
repair companies awarded them a vehicle through the Recycled Rides program,
whose mission is to repair and donate vehicles to families in need.


The AVANCE Head Start Annual Parent Conference 2011, featured
Houston Constable Victor Treviño and two of his talented officers,
Corporal Felipe Gallegos and Corporal Lee Barnes who delighted
our parents singing popular songs and offered an inspirational message.
April 2011


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Gas Prices Hit Charities Hard
Local charities are forced to curtail their services and with fewer volunteers as they cope with the rise in fuel prices. A local banking institution offers relief and challenges other corporations to step up to help.  Read..

Listen to Jose Villarreal’s Interview with NPR


“Entérate el Poder de la Información” Radio Show (Channel 920 AM) June 8, 2010  – Spanish only audio clips

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