Parent-Child Education Program (PCEP)
"Parents are the first teachers,
Home is the first classroom"
AVANCE's Parent-Child Education Program Model
The Parent-Child Education Program (PCEP) serves as a national model of early intervention, designed to affirm that the welfare of children, families, and community is mutually reinforcing. The program is based on the premise that parents are their children’s first and most important teachers. Through a variety of workshops and creative toy-making sessions, parents learn to help their children excel during their most critical years of learning. The PCEP is the primary gateway to AVANCE. Upon completion, parents can also transition to other programs, preparing themselves to pursue higher education and/or join the workforce.
A three hour, weekly session lasting 9 months:
Parenting Education Session (1 Hour): Parents gain knowledge regarding child growth and development and that they are their child's first and most important teacher.
Toy Making Class (1 Hour): Parents construct toys for children that will aid them to “learn through play.”
Resources Speaker/Nutrition Class/Library Visit, etc. (1 Hour): Introduces parents to an array of community resources. Exposure to these services & providers increases likelihood parents will seek them.
Home Visitation Component (1 Hour): 60-minute observation of a parent-child play activity, conducted once a month. Scheduled by appointment.
Transportation: Service provided to help parents and children get to and from class.
Food Service Component: Parents and children are served nutritious meals and snacks.
Special Events and Holiday Celebration: Recognize that family activities “can be fun” and educational!
Advocacy: AVANCE staff aids parents in addressing the special needs of their family
Early Childhood Education: Provide a stimulating and caring environment for children while their parents attend class.
Continue Education: Parents have the opportunity to enroll in other educational programs offered by AVANCE and will prepare to move onto college or vocational training schools.