The Colonias Project
AVANCE Colonias Early Head Start
Thanks to funds received through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), since 2010 AVANCE has been delivering a Home-based Early Head Start (EHS) program to 100 Hispanic pregnant women and children that reside in Colonias (Spanish word for neighborhood or community) in two of the poorest counties bordering with Mexico; Val Verde and Hidalgo.
About Early Head Start
Early Head Start (EHS) is a federally funded community-based program for low-income families with infants and toddlers and pregnant women. Its mission is simple: to promote healthy prenatal outcomes for pregnant women, enhance the development of very young children, and promote healthy family functioning.
How it works
A family development worker goes into the home of the family once a week for an hour and a half and works with the parent on developmental lessons, which then, the parent models for the child.
As part of the program, the families also participate in group socialization at the AVANCE site, where they have the opportunity to learn together and interact with one another
Val Verde County
2211 S. Veteran’s Blvd., Ste. 7A
San Juan, TX 78589
Noelia Tellez, Program Director
1100 Ave. C
P.O. Box 1289
Del Rio, TX 78841
Mary Ortiz, Associate Director
|Early Head Start Colonias Directory (Pdf)|
RESOURCES AND LINKS
All families wishing to enroll in Early Head Start must be income eligible by meeting the requirements of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. For more information, please contact our office at (956)702-9334 for Hidalgo County residents, or (830)765-4824 for ValVerde County residents.
"I am the parent of a 2 year old girl that attends AVANCE in Del Rio, Tx. It is a great program and it helps her out in so many different ways. Socialization is what she enjoys best. Thank you..."
- Elizabeth Gomez