AVANCE Parent-Child Education Program (PCEP)

Program basics

  • 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)

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Proven (highest tier)

Ranked as having the highest level of evidence by the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare


Target population

Parents with children under the age of 5

Program cost

Not available

Implementation locations

  • Texas

Dates active

1973-present

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.

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