AVANCE Parent-Child Education Program (PCEP)

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About This Program

Target Population: Parents/primary caregivers with children from birth to age three, pregnant women and/or partners of pregnant women, especially those with challenges such as poverty; illiteracy; teen parenthood; geographic and social marginalization; and toxic stress

For children/adolescents ages: 0 – 3

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 3

Brief Description

AVANCE’s philosophy is based on the premise that education must begin in the home and that the parent is the child’s first and most important teacher. The PCEP fosters parenting knowledge and skills through a nine-month, intensive bilingual parenting curriculum that aims to have a direct impact on a young child’s physical, emotional, social, and cognitive development. Parents/primary caregivers are taught how to make toys out of common household materials and how to use them as tools to teach their children school readiness skills and concepts. Monthly home visits are also conducted to observe parent-child interactions and provide guidance in the home on learning through play. Along with the parenting education component, parents/primary caregivers are supported in meeting their personal growth, developmental and educational goals to foster economic stability. While parents/primary caregivers attend classes, their children under the age of three are provided with early childhood enrichment in a developmentally appropriate classroom setting which aims to build the academic, social, and physical foundation necessary for school readiness.

Program Goals:

The goals of the AVANCE Parent-Child Education Program (PCEP) are:

  • Increase parents’ understanding of child development so they are better able to foster optimal development of their children
  • Empower parents to view themselves as their child’s first and most important teacher and the home as the first classroom

PCEP achieves these goals by targeting the following outcomes:

  • Increased school readiness in children from birth to age three
  • Increased family engagement in the development and education of young children
  • Increased civic engagement, including knowledge of how to advocate for themselves and their families
  • Increased knowledge of community resources

Contact Information

Elida Gonzales
Title: Senior Director, Business Development
Agency/Affiliation: AVANCE, Inc.
Website: www.avance.org
Phone: (210) 230-9673

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: June 2017

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: February 2017

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: April 2008