AVANCE

At a Glance

National Office: 
118 N. Medina
San Antonio, TX 78207
Phone: (210) 270-4630

Richard J. Noriega
People Served: 
22,000
Year Founded: 
1973
Tax ID: 
74-1769114

Focus area(s):

Early Education

Description

Derived from the Spanish word meaning “to advance,” AVANCE is a national nonprofit dedicated to providing innovative education and family support services to at-risk, impoverished families since 1973. Using a renowned dual-generation model, AVANCE fosters parenting knowledge and skills that directly impact children’s development, while also empowering parents to achieve their own educational and professional goals.

Impact and Outcomes

Parents graduate from AVANCE empowered and confident in their role as their child’s first teacher and as an active member of the community.
Prior to AVANCE, 43.5% of parent participants never read to their children or read once a week. After graduating from AVANCE, 40.4% of parents are reading to their children every night and 18.8% are reading 5 times out of the week with a total of a 50% increase in reading frequency.
Ninety percent of AVANCE parent graduates are more involved in the education of their school-age children (including communicating with their child’s teacher, attending school events and PTA meetings, and assisting with homework.)
Eighty-four percent of AVANCE parent graduates plan to further their own education through Adult Basic Education (ABE), English as a Second Language (ESL), General Educational Development (GED), college courses or technical school.

Matching Gift

The AVANCE-New Mexico AmeriCorps grant requires a 28% match or $78K. The AVANCE-El Paso AmeriCorps grant also requires a match of about $280K.

Mission & Goals

AVANCE’s mission is to unlock America’s potential by strengthening families in at-risk communities through effective parent education and support programs.

Specifically dedicated to serving marginalized communities, AVANCE strives to empower families to break the cycle of poverty through a proven dual-generation approach combining early childhood development and parenting education.

AVANCE works to increase the educational and developmental outcomes of children, ensuring they are equipped with the tools necessary for long-term academic and personal success.

Simultaneously, parents develop as active and engaged role models and form their own social support network, which transcends the weekly AVANCE class and impacts their daily lives. The organization aspires to increase the educational attainment of parents, which then leads to financial independence and personal growth, a hallmark of the AVANCE model. The ripple effect that begins with the individual ultimately increases a community's economic vitality.

Program

The National Office provides training and technical support to AVANCE chapters, licensees, and partners; conducts research and evaluation; and ensures operational integrity, viability, and growth. Chapters and affiliates provide high-quality AVANCE programming, beginning with the core Parent-Child Education Program (PCEP), and raise their funds locally and through joint efforts with the National Office.

The AVANCE PCEP is based on Bronfenbrenner’s ecological model of human development, and is designed to provide a wide range of critical supports for the child’s first and most important teachers, the parents. AVANCE’s dual-generation model outlines a path for both parents and children that is preventative, comprehensive, community-based, and sequential, and that encourages partnerships and collaborative initiatives. Embedding PCEP into Early Head Start has served as an extremely effective means of collaboration to provide wraparound services for families.

The PCEP familiarizes parents with the basic social-emotional, physical, and cognitive needs of young children in a practical, supportive, and culturally sensitive manner. The program consists of weekly three-hour sessions from September to May, early childhood education for participants’ children, monthly home visits, transportation to and from program services, meals during class time, advocacy, special events, and holiday celebrations. The weekly sessions include 27 bilingual lessons on child growth and development, toy-making classes that emphasize learning through play, and community resource speakers.

Impact

AVANCE currently provides the Parent-Child Education Program (PCEP) and auxiliary programs through local chapters and licensees to nearly 22,000 families annually. AVANCE reports outcome measures based on annual lives touched, program completion rates, increase in parental knowledge, and improvement in child outcomes. The National Office conducts regular program monitoring and biannual fidelity checks at all sites, collects monthly internal site reports, and generates a final annual report.

The Carnegie Corporation of New York evaluation study concluded that AVANCE parent graduates have the necessary skills to provide an educationally stimulating environment and provide emotional support, they value education for themselves and their children, and they have a knowledge base for effective rearing of children. Further, AVANCE graduates expressed more nurturing attitudes toward their children, were more opposed to the use of physical punishment, and were more likely to see themselves as a teacher of their children. They provided a richer, more educationally stimulating environment for their children than did control group mothers (Johnson & Walker 1996).

Highlights from recent evaluations include:

  • AVANCE child graduates in El Paso outscored the state by 16.5% in achieving progress on the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test.
  • 100% of AVANCE child graduates in El Paso passed the writing portion on state-mandated assessments and surpassed the state passing rates in math, writing, and science.
  • Over 90% of AVANCE child graduates in San Antonio passed state-mandated assessments in math and reading, and additionally placed on the A/B Honor Roll. 
  • Over 97% of AVANCE child graduates in San Antonio made progress overall, in 4 or more of the E-LAP domains (gross motor, fine motor, language, self-help, cognitive, social/emotional).
  • Over 90% of AVANCE child graduates in Dallas out-performed or stayed on-par with state-mandated assessment passing rates in reading and math.
  • AVANCE child graduates in Dallas maintained a 98% school attendance rate.

Growth Plan

Economic Model
AVANCE is seeking to expand its support to low-income, at-risk families through licensing its renowned Parent-Child Education Program (PCEP) across the nation. With support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, AVANCE will attract 15 new licensees over four years, each signing a 3-5 year licensee contract.

Through the $12.6 million Kellogg Foundation grant, AVANCE has piloted the PCEP in 3 new ethnic communities to determine adaptability across cultures. AVANCE has partnered with the National Institution for Early Education Research (NIEER) to study the adaptation through an African American population at the Excellence Baby Academy in Brooklyn, NY; through an American Indian population at the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa in Cloquet, MN; and through a Hispanic (non-Mexican) population at La Casa de Don Pedro in Newark, NJ.

The Kellogg Foundation grant additionally provides for AVANCE to re-grant funds and contract with 4 potential licensees each year for 3 years. The 3-year goal for AVANCE is to have licensee contracts in enough states to qualify for Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) dollars.

AVANCE will work with New Profit Inc. and the Monitor Group to refine the licensee model and growth strategy.

AVANCE will ensure the sustainability of the National Office through (a) income generated from current licensee and chapter operations (technical support); (b) philanthropic support; and (c) earned income from training on the dual-generation model and new business initiatives.

Growth Plan
To implement and sustain its growth plan, AVANCE requires approximately $1.6 million in expansion capital. Since its inception in 1973, AVANCE has grown significantly, evolved and strengthened its operations, and attracted tens of millions of dollars from diversified funding streams. With these accomplishments behind it and the implementation of a new growth model, AVANCE is committed to achieving a notably greater level of scale and impact.

The goal is to fulfill AVANCE’s mission and vision by licensing the Parent-Child Education Program model to organizations with a similar mission as AVANCE that are serving at-risk communities across the United States.

The goals for expansion of AVANCE include the following:

  1. Establish 15 licensees to provide the Parent-Child Education Program, driving 30% growth in the number of families graduating from the PCEP, thus increasing the lives touched to nearly 4,000 families annually.
  2. Lay the foundation for much broader national growth beyond its current plan through a combination of product development and program enhancements.
  3. Attain the scale and scope to further impact public policy discussions regarding education, in collaboration with researchers, complementary organizations (such as those serving older children), policy-makers, and philanthropists.
  4. Facilitate greater involvement of school districts in serving the needs of low-income families with young children, particularly those with children under age 3 who will likely matriculate to the district pre-kindergarten or kindergarten programs.

AVANCE has identified the following strategies to successfully scale:

  1. Increase network support services, including innovative and comprehensive training for local program staff, Executive Directors, and partners.
  2. Embed PCEP into Early Head Start and Head Start.
  3. Program expansion is not projected to cover its costs through earned income alone; additional funding to subsidize operating expenses will be sought from national foundations and individual giving.

Location of Sites

National Office: 
118 N. Medina
San Antonio, TX 78207
Phone: (210) 270-4630
List of locations

To make a contribution to a program site:

  1. Click on the "Make a Contribution Now" button and include the name, city and state of the program you would like to support, in the "notes" text box on the organization's donation form, if available.
  2. If a "notes" or "designation" box is not available, write the city and state on your check in the "notes" section or call the national office to designate your contribution to a local program site.

Locations in the following states:

California

New Mexico

Texas

Financials

Most Recent Budget

Year Ended:

2017

REVENUE

Corporate Grants: 
$15,000
Foundation Grants: 
$1,282,107
Government Funding: 
$3,614,245
Contributions from Individuals: 
$8,000
Special Events: 
$0
Program Services Fees: 
$458,200
Membership Dues: 
$60,000
Other Earned Income: 
$88,738
Other Revenue: 
$35,000
Other Revenue (Description): 
WC Dividend
Total Revenue: 
$5,561,290

EXPENSES

Salaries, Related Salaries & Professional Fees: 
$4,952,519
Occupancy: 
$61,929
Travel & Entertainment: 
$84,896
Office Supplies, Printing, Postage: 
$278,957
Telephone & Communications: 
$104,326
Payments to Affiliates: 
$0
Other Expenses: 
$78,663
Other Expenses (Description): 

Total Expenses: 
$5,561,290

NET GAIN/LOSS

Net Gain/Loss: 
$0

Prior Year Actuals

Year Ended:

2016

REVENUE

Corporate Grants: 
$0
Foundation Grants: 
$102,500
Government Funding: 
$3,043,083
Contributions from Individuals: 
$0
Program Services Fees: 
$131,037
Membership Dues: 
$368,357
Other Earned Income: 
$0
Other Revenue: 
$0
Other Revenue (Description): 
$324,328.00
Special Events: 
$0
Total Revenue: 
$3,644,977

EXPENSES

Salaries, Related Salaries & Professional Fees: 
$3,618,301
Occupancy: 
$168,432
Travel & Entertainment: 
$115,375
Office Supplies, Printing, Postage: 
$348,871
Telephone & Communication: 
$36,853
Payments to Affiliates: 
$0
Other Expenses: 
$0
Total Expenses: 
$4,287,832

NET GAIN/LOSS

Net Gain / Loss: 
$-642,855

Major Funders

  • Bank of America
  • Bernard & Audre Rapoport Foundation
  • Bezos Family Foundation
  • City of San Antonio
  • Corporation for National and Community Service (AmeriCorps)
  • Dallas Independent School District
  • El Paso Independent School District
  • Goldsbury Foundation
  • Houston Community College
  • Kronkosky Charitable Foundation
  • Meadows Foundation
  • Paso del Norte Health Foundation
  • Texas Education Agency
  • United Way
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Early Head Start, Head Start Fatherhood,  Healthy Marriage)
  • W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Ysleta Independent School District