Changing lives…Strengthening families… Building communities
For almost 40 years, AVANCE-San Antonio has proven that a small investment in at-risk families with young children yields long-term results and great impact.
AVANCE unlocks America’s potential by strengthening families in at-risk communities through effective parent education and support programs.
We have been building families and community in San Antonio for over 40 years and strongly believe that education begins when a child is born and that parents must be their child’s first and most important teacher. We help to facilitate change...first in parents then in their young children, family and home. The change we make in today’s families dramatically impacts future generations. Our purpose is to develop strong and stable families, ensure healthy children,and promote economic self-sufficiency in families.
AVANCE Program Strategy
AVANCE-San Antonio employs a two generational approach for parents and children. The AVANCE philosophy is based on the premise that education must begin in the home when the child’s life begins and that the parent is the child’s first and most important teacher. The AVANCE-San Antonio’s goal is: Low income families with children ages birth to three years will increase their parenting knowledge to become their child’s first teacher, and to promote school readiness in their children.
The AVANCE program attempts to foster parenting knowledge and skills through a nine-month intensive parenting curriculum having a direct impact on a young child’s physical, emotional, social and cognitive development. Along with the strong parenting education component, parents work on improving their own educational status. Classes offered to parents consist of literacy and financial education, college preparation and technical support.
While parents attend classes, children under the age of three are provided with a quality early childhood education to build the academic, social, and physical foundation they need in order to achieve school readiness and succeed in life. AVANCE’s basic tenet is that education is the key to the future and that education must begin in the critical first three years of children.