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Harvey Najim to be Honored as 2016 Father of the Year
AVANCE's Parental Engagement Program Participates in NEA's National Read for America DayFebruary 28, 2104 -- posted by AVANCE-San Antonio, Inc.
"This is the best day ever!"
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AVANCE-San Antonio School Based Family Program Earns National NAEYC AccrediationJanuary 17, 2014 -- posted by AVANCE-San Antonio, Inc.
Program among the top in the nation by earning accreditation
“We’re proud to have earned the mark of quality from NAEYC, and to be recognized for our commitment to reaching the highest professional standards,” said Rebecca Cervantez, Executive Director, AVANCE-San Antonio. “NAEYC Accreditation lets families in our community know that children in our program are getting the best care and early learning experiences possible.”
AVANCE-San Antonio, founded in 1973, provides early childhood education programs and services to families in at-risk communities. AVANCE-San Antonio instills the belief that education unlocks a child’s potential beginning at birth and carried through a child’s years in a classroom. Through our dual generational approach by educating parents to be their child’s first teacher, AVANCE facilitates change, empowers children and their parents by providing them with the tools and resources they need to be succeed in life.
To earn NAEYC Accreditation, AVANCE-San Antonio School Based Family Program went through an extensive self-study process, measuring the program and its services against the ten NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and more than 400 related Accreditation Criteria. The program received NAEYC Accreditation after an on-site visit by NAEYC Assessors to ensure that the program meets each of the ten program standards. NAEYC-accredited programs are also subject to unannounced visits during their accreditation, which lasts for five years.
In the 25 years since NAEYC Accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education. More than 7,000 programs are currently accredited by NAEYC – approximately 8 percent of all preschools and other early childhood programs.
“The NAEYC Accreditation system raises the bar for child care centers and other early childhood programs,” said Jerlean E. Daniel, Ph.D, executive director of NAEYC. “Having earned NAEYC Accreditation is a sign AVANCE-San Antonio School Based Family Program is a leader in a national effort to invest in high-quality early childhood education.”
The NAEYC Accreditation system has set voluntary professional standards for programs for young children since 1985. In September 2006, the Association revised program standards and criteria to introduce a new level of quality, accountability, and service for parents and children in child care programs. The new standards today reflect the latest research and best practices in early childhood education and development. NAEYC is committed to utilizing the newest studies and analysis on positive child outcomes to ensure young children continue receiving the highest-quality care and education possible.
The NAEYC Accreditation system was created to set professional standards for early childhood education, and to help families identify high-quality preschools, child care centers and other early education programs. To earn NAEYC Accreditation, a program must meet each of the ten NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards. Programs are accredited by NAEYC for a five-year period.
For more information about NAEYC Accreditation, visit NEAYC
The Ruth Lang Charitable Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation to Support AVANCE-San Antonio, Inc.June 12, 2013 -- posted by AVANCE-San Antonio, Inc.
San Antonio's west side children to benefit from timely Community Outreach Clinic
In addition to the health care services, the clinic complements the AVANCE health lessons. AVANCE parents learn: 1) to recognize symptoms of infectious childhood illnesses, 2) the importance of immunizations and keeping their child up-to-date, 3) how nutrition factors such as under nutrition, over nutrition, and over eating result in an unhealthy life style, and 4) the importance of taking preventive health care measures for themselves and their children.
“The change AVANCE makes in the lives of our children will dramatically impact their future and help build a stable family. Our Health Clinic promotes healthy habits in our families for the benefit of our children,” noted Rebecca Cervantez, Executive Director.
ABOUT: AVANCE-San Antonio, Inc. founded in 1973, has been unlocking America’s potential by strengthening families in at-risk communities through effective parent education and support programs in San Antonio. AVANCE believes that education begins when a child is born and that parents must be their child’s first and most important teacher. AVANCE facilitates change: first in parents, then in their young children, family and home.
For more than 48 years, the San Antonio Area Foundation has connected donors of all backgrounds with the causes that matter most to them, for the betterment of San Antonio and the surrounding region. The Area Foundation offers a wide range of giving opportunities and highly personalized service that bring donors and charitable organizations together for the benefit of the community. Through an exemplary managed grant and scholarship program, the San Antonio Area Foundation has distributed more than $200 million since its inception. Our board, volunteers, and staff understand the issues and challenges facing our region and work together with our donors to make a lasting impact on the community.
HOLIDAY PROGRAM CLOSURES
AVANCE-San Antonio, Inc. will be closed December 23, 2013 through January 3, 2104. Regular hours will resume on January 6, 2014.
RECRUITMENT IS UNDERWAY
AVANCE Parent-Child Education Program, Early Head Start and Head Start Programs are now recruiting children and families.
- Parent-Child Education Program inquiries, call 210-223-3667.
- Early Head Start inquiries, call 210-220-1788.
- Head Start inquiries, call 210-921-7000.
El Día de la Familia - Volunteers Needed
When: Sat Oct 01, 2016
Where: 340 Dartmouth (Rosedale Park off Gen. McMullen) ,San Antonio, TX, 78207
Contact: Beth Walthall
Contact details: Phone: 220-1788 E-mail: email@example.com
Read With A Child
Read Across America with AVANCE!
Share the joy of the holidays with others!
Sponsor a Family For the Holidays!
The holidays are a time for giving thanks and sharing. For many of our families it is not necessarily a time of joy. The cold weather means higher electric bills. Schools are closed means higher grocery bills. These things are added burdens to our families with limited incomes. You can make a difference by Sponsoring- A- Family – your company, your family or your civic organization. Families are in need of food (nonperishable), hygiene items, winter clothes, baby/toddler shoes and socks, blankets and a toy – very possibly the only toy that child will receive! You will receive a family synopsis with their needs to start your shopping early in November. For more information on how you can help sponsor a family, please contact Beth Walthall – firstname.lastname@example.org