Happy New Year to all!
I am the Executive Director for AVANCE Houston. We are an organization dedicated to the academic success, emotional and physical well-being of parents and children of the Greater Houston area. First and foremost, I want to thank all those individuals and local businesses who give their time and financial donations that enable us to make a difference in the lives of our families.
Our foundation lies in our nationally recognized Parent-Child Education Program (PCEP), designed to prepare parents to become their children’s first and most important teachers. We train parents and families and provide them with the tools and strategies they need to guide their children. The boy or girl who knows the alphabet, who can read, who knows basic arithmetic has an undeniable head start before they even begin their formal education.
Our Head Start and Early Head Start programs reach out to children ranging from infants to five years of age, helping them to develop mentally, socially, emotionally, physically and to be prepared for school. We offer Healthy Marriage and Fatherhood workshops. We follow children throughout their education career and provide the guidance they need to be college-ready. AVANCE Houston also helps area adults continue their education by helping them to get their GED and providing them with English literacy skills. Furthermore, participants receive college readiness and workforce training.
In 2015, AVANCE Houston served 8,969 parents and children in the Houston area with parent training, educational and preschool programs. Volunteers from across the city contributed more than 1,300 hours with events, learning assistance, and facility
improvement. We also received more than $30,000,000 through donations, grants, and fundraising events.
2016 was another successful year for us and we look forward to sharing outcomes with you soon.
Again, I want to thank you for your support. We cannot do what we do without you. Your time and donations are greatly appreciated. To learn more about AVANCE Houston and the services we provide, visit our website at www.avancehouston.org.
I look forward to connecting with you through this blog. Thank you for being part of the AVANCE family.
Executive Director, AVANCE Houston