AVANCE presenters: Dr. Glendelia M. Zavala, Magdalena G. Santos, and Jennifer Flores from AVANCE, Inc. in San Antonio, TX, introduced the agency's current project, Unlocking America's Potential, which is designed to adapt the signature parent child program for African Americans, American Indians, and Hispanics of non-mexican origin.
The workshop also featured the AVANCE Toy-Making component from the PCEP. A dozen of the 100 attendees were chosen to make hand-puppets. The activity is used as a technique for parents to develop socialization skills, share and use the toys they've made as teaching opportunities with their children. One participant said, "I wish I had not spent $20 on a puppet toy I bought earlier, I should have waited, my child will like this one I made way better." Many attendees commented on how this session was the only one where they got to apply what they learned on a hands on activity.
Dr. Zavala was elated at the turn out and pleased with the response from the attendees, " We had such a good turnout and there were quite a few who were eager to learn more about AVANCE. Many wanted more information about how to incorporate the PCEP into their own communities. This was a tremendous success and it gives us an opportunity to share and network with others."
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ZERO TO THREE is a national, nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers. ZERO TO THREE’s National Training Institute (NTI) is the premier conference for professionals dedicated to promoting the health and well-being of infants and toddlers.
More ABOUT AVANCE, Inc.:
AVANCE, Inc. offers an early intervention program to parents with children 0 to 3 years of age. This evidence-based program model is preventative, community-based and two-generation focused.
Since 1973, AVANCE has provided innovative education and family support services to predominantly Hispanic families in low-income, high-need communities. What began in a 500-unit public housing development serving 35 families in San Antonio has expanded to more than 140 program sites serving thousands of families across Texas, California and New Mexico and seven additional states as part of the expansion project.
The free, nine month curriculum consists of weekly parent education classes and home visits with special topics which recognize the great importance of reading, effective discipline and a well-balanced nutrition.
The comprehensive Parent-Child Education Program promotes community economic development, positive parenting skills and behaviors, school readiness, parental school involvement, adult education, and civic engagement for a simultaneous impact on both the parent and child. The program has improved the school readiness of children and has had a strong impact on Latino families through partnerships with community-based organizations. AVANCE was recognized this past May by Hispanic Business Magazine for the fourth consecutive year as one of the “Top 25 Nonprofits”. The effectiveness of the AVANCE Program has been featured in the New York Times, ABC World News Tonight, McNeil Lehrer Newshour, Parade Magazine, Parent’s Magazine and has been included in books by three first ladies; Hillary Rodham Clinton’s, It takes a Village, Barbara Bush’s, First Teachers and Rosylnn Carter’s, Helping Someone with Mental Illness.
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Unlocking America’s potential by strengthening families in at-risk communities through effective parent education and support programs. AVANCE is one of the odlest and most distingusished parenting-early chilhood programs in the the country.