AVANCE Parent-Child Education Program (PCEP)

Local governments can invest in this strategy using State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

  • This strategy can help address educational disparities and promote healthy childhood environments. The U.S. Department of Treasury has indicated that strategies that help achieve these outcomes are eligible for the use of Fiscal Recovery Funds.
  • Investments in this strategy are SLFRF-eligible as long as they are made in qualified census tracts or are designed to assist populations or communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

Program overview

  • 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.”

Evidence and impacts


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

  • 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

Best practices in 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.