Unlocking America’s Potential Project Press Conference.
$12.6 million expansion of AVANCE’s Parent-Child Education Program.

AVANCE, Inc. National will hold a Press Conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. starting with a networking lunch at noon and press conference at 12:30 pm on Tuesday, June 21st in the Murrow Room to announce the official launch of the Unlocking America’s Potential Project (UAPP), a $12.6 million grant funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to expand AVANCE’s Parent-Child Education Program (PCEP) throughout communities across the country.  


Congressman Charles A. Gonzalez, Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro – both strong supporters of AVANCE – will join AVANCE Board Chairman Dean Aguillen and President and CEO Richard J. Noriega to remark about how educational attainment programs, like AVANCE, directly align with ensuring the country’s economic competitiveness and national security.


With this grant, AVANCE is well-poised to make a strategic and long-term impact in the economy by providing low-income parents and their children the tools they need to be successful in school and ultimately secure higher paying jobs.  Over the next five years AVANCE will expand to 12 new sites through partnerships with organizations that already serve Hispanic communities and implement a research study to adapt their program to three other minority groups – specifically African Americans, American Indians, and Hispanics of non-Mexican descent. The ultimate goal of this project is to develop, document and share innovative ideas for strengthening our communities in a global society by helping children and their families.  In the past six months, AVANCE expanded to seven additional states via the UAPP re-grant monies, providing even more families with hope for a better future. 


Attending the press conference will be Elida Galindo, an 1973 AVANCE graduate who will share her story about being 18 years old, a single mother with three children, living on welfare.  She had no job, no money, and no education.  Then AVANCE came knocking on her door.  “AVANCE changed my life.  They taught me to be a better mother and helped me get my GED.  I was able to go to college and my dream came true, I became a Nurse.  If everyone was encouraged like I was, then the world would be a better place and everyone would say, ‘Oh yes, I can do it,’ and when you feel better about yourself, you make your children feel better about themselves, and they say, ‘If Mom can do it, then I can to.’ ” 


Representatives from the four re-grant sites and research partners will also be available:

Family Partnership Center in Bradenton, Florida

El Buen Pastor Latino Community Services in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Casa Guanajuato Quad Cities in Moline, Illinois

Ready by Five in Yakima, Washington 

La Casa de Don Pedro in Newark, New Jersey

The Excellence Foundation for Parents and Children, Inc. in Brooklyn, New York

National Institute of Early Education Research (NIEER). 


RSVP to Cleo Garcia, Communications Manager at or call 210-230-9661



AVANCE, Inc. offers an early intervention program to parents with children 0 to 3 years of age.

This evidence-based program model is preventative, community-based and two-generation focused.


Since 1973, AVANCE has provided innovative education and family support services to predominantly Hispanic families in low-income, high-need communities.  What began in a 500-unit public housing development serving 35 families in San Antonio has expanded to more than 140 program sites serving thousands of families across Texas, California and New Mexico and seven additional states as part of the expansion project.


The free, nine month curriculum consists of weekly parent education classes and home visits with special topics which recognize the great importance of reading, effective discipline and a well-balanced nutrition.


The comprehensive Parent-Child Education Program promotes community economic development, positive parenting skills and behaviors, school readiness, parental school involvement, adult education, and civic engagement for a simultaneous impact on both the parent and child. The program has improved the school readiness of children and has had a strong impact on Latino families through partnerships with community-based organizations.


AVANCE was recognized this past May by Hispanic Business Magazine for the fourth consecutive year as one of the “Top 25 Nonprofits”.  The effectiveness of the AVANCE Program has been featured in the New York Times, ABC World News Tonight, McNeil Lehrer Newshour, Parade Magazine, Parent’s Magazine and has been included in books by three first ladies; Hillary Rodham Clinton’s, It takes a Village, Barbara Bush’s, First Teachers and Rosylnn Carter’s, Helping Someone with Mental Illness.



Established in 1930, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation supports children, families and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society. Grants are concentrated in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, and southern Africa.

For further information, please visit the Foundation’s website at www.wkkf.org.


LIVE from Washington DC's National Press Club…



A press conference will take place in D.C. to announce the

largest grant award in AVANCE's history,

a $12.6 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation 

for the expansion of AVANCE's Parent-Child Education Program.

The conference will feature Texas' very own

Congressman Charles A. Gonzalez

Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus

and watch for a special message from

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro

Mayor Castro has placed an emphasis on education with a goal of attracting future jobs to San Antonio.


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June 21st

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