ABOUT US

Welcome to AVANCE-Houston

What is AVANCE?

AVANCE (A-vahn-ceh), the Spanish word for “advance” or “progress,” is a non-profit organization that has been serving the needs of low-income families since its founding in Texas in 1973.  We are dedicated to serving the hardest-to-reach population, and to empowering families with the skills and knowledge they need to break the cycle of poverty.

 

What does AVANCE do?

We work with families through a proven two-generation, family engagement approach that combines early childhood development and parenting education. The cornerstone of our programs is the Parent-Child Education Program (PCEP), a national model of early intervention that focuses on the welfare of children, families and the community, and that they are all mutually reinforcing.

AVANCE also offers programs that feature additional resources designed to fully prepare students to transition to college and to help adults prepare for the workforce.

 

Why is it important that AVANCE offer these services?

These family engagement programs are essential to the success of our children.

We firmly believe that Parents are the First Teachers, and Home is the First Classroom.

2016 AT A GLANCE

PARENTS AND CHILDREN SERVED

358

P-CEP

4735

HEAD START

278

ADULT EDUCATION

912

EARLY HEAD START

18

FATHERHOOD

214

HEALTHY MARRIAGE

. How is AVANCE possible?

AVANCE is a United Way Agency, and operates with the assistance
of allocations from the United Way organization. Through federal
funding, AVANCE is able to offer our Early Head Start, Head Start,
Fatherhood, Healthy Marriage and Workforce programs. Private
Donations allow us to provide the Parent-Child Education Program
and Adult Education programs.

. A Two Generational Model

By focusing on creating opportunities for and
addressing the needs of both children and their parents,
we help our participants realize a future full of opportunity
and economic prosperity.