Oct. 3, 2012
-- AVANCE (ah-vahn-ceh)
recently participated in NBC’s Third Annual Education Nation Summit, a national conversation about the state of education in America. The three-day event was held from Sunday, September 24th through Tuesday, September 25th at the New York Public Library and was moderated by news anchor Brian Williams.
Richard J. Noriega, AVANCE President and CEO, was a featured panelist in a segment on child development, literacy and dual language. Throughout the panel, Noriega emphasized AVANCE’s bilingual Parent-Child Education Program (PCEP) and the importance of early childhood education and parental involvement. “Because parents are the primary language models for their children, we teach our parents ways in which they can interact with their children to promote language development. AVANCE parents learn the importance of increasing their child’s vocabulary through bilingual education and literacy. Parents are encouraged to speak in their native language, learn English and pursue higher educational opportunities,”
Throughout the summit, Noriega had the opportunity to brief and visit with representatives from the W.K. Kellogg and Bezos Family Foundations, who are major supporters of AVANCE and early learning. “AVANCE can certainly benefit by networking with other leaders in education, government, business, philanthropy and media. A networking opportunity of this magnitude has enormous potential to bring about positive changes and opportunities to improve education. Our goal is to increase awareness that vulnerable families need parent-child education programs to help them break the cycle of poverty, and this event helped us do that,” he explained.
AVANCE provides services to over 20,000 families and will continue to expand via their Unlocking Americas Potential Project. To watch the NBC panel, download resources and learn more about the summit visit www.educationnation.com