AVANCE Parent-Child Education Program (PCEP)
- Nine-month intensive bilingual program for child development, focusing on children's physical, emotional, social, and cognitive development
- Three main components: parent education, child socialization through toy making, and community engagement and advocacy
- Intended to increase parental understanding of child development and to empower parents to view themselves as their child’s first and most important teacher
- Focuses on increasing school readiness through family engagement and knowledge of community resources
- Mission is to “break the cycle of intergenerational poverty through innovative, two-generation education and support for families with young children.”
Strength of evidence
Evidence level: Proven (highest tier)
Proven (highest tier)
Ranked as having the highest level of evidence by the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare
Parents with children under the age of 5
Outcomes and impact
- Serves more than 14,000 participants annually
- Improves school preparedness, school attendance, and parent employment
- Improves parenting skills
- Strengthens relationships and builds community among parents
- Increases family income and rates of homeownership
Keys to successful implementation
- Note: This content is under review
- Parent socialization and support groups drive much of the success of the program.
- Participant relationships with staff and guest speakers contribute to positive outcomes.
- Cultural competency and sensitivity training and hiring multicultural and multilingual staff help the program more effectively serve diverse participants.
- Sites where parents and facilitators share cultural background and where materials are delivered in participants' native tongue have higher reported program satisfaction.