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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Adult Education, Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Education, Family Services, Human Services

Mission: To unlock America's potential by strengthening families in at-risk Hispanic communities through effective parent education and support programs.

Results: Our children start kindergarten on target for success, and they pass state standardized tests at a steady rate. Our parents partner with their child in education starting at birth and lasting through graduation. The parents also volunteer in their local schools and communities to promote education.

Target demographics: low-income Hispanic children age 0-5 and their parents

Direct beneficiaries per year: advance the lives of more than 4,700 children and parents throughout Dallas County.

Geographic areas served: Dallas, TX

Programs: Parent-Child Education Program Workplace English Program (ESL) Parent-Child Book Clubs Fatherhood Initiative

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

Since I knew about AVANCE I realized the potential and impact it makes in children and its families. When you donor you really see your dollars in action.


Rating: 5

Avance tiene las herramientas educativas y devertidas para los padres y hijos. Realmente a mi me ayudo mucho porque cuando yo llegue avance yo casi nis le leía a mis hijas asta que supe la importancia que es la lectura a temprana edad. Yo siempre quiero lo mejor para mis hijas y realmente quería que mis hijas antes que comensaran la escuela estuvieran preparadas y anvance fue mi solución. Gracias avancé entiendo la importancia en llenar de amor las necesidades de mis hijas. Asta hora me pregunto que avancé deveria habrir su propia escuela ya que ellos lo tienen muy buen merecido ya que realmente se preocupan por la educación de los niños y padres. Gracias avancé

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a principal of an elementary school that serves primarily low SES students, I came to see AVANCE as an invaluable partner. AVANCE works tirelessly to help families develop habits that will guarantee success for their children. You can always tell an AVANCE family at our school. The parents are involved and focused on the success of their children and the children are prepared for rigorous learning. Our school had over 96% of its students qualify for a free or reduced lunch, and yet, year in and year out, our students performed as well or better than students from upper middle class households. AVANCE played an enormous role in creating that culture of success.

Board Member

Rating: 5

When you become a parent you quickly find out that your child did not come with an instruction manual. Every parent needs help and every child needs great parents and opportunities. I cannot think of a better organization that gives parents and children a better AND EARLY opportunity for succuss at school and in life.

1 Gaby E.

Client Served

Rating: 4

My name is Gabriela Elizondo, My Daughter Camilla S. Santana were the last cycle in 2012-2013 Obadiah Knight Pilar Coleman's teacher, for me to have participated in this program was a great experience so far has left me great joys both personally and in my daughter's academic development as on constantly out in the Pre-K, I say my daughter is very advanced in education and behavior and I do not doubt for a moment to tell you that she participated in the Avance Program and a month ago I had a meeting with my current teacher daughter and tells me that in kindergarten is going to refer to a special program for talent children ... so Avance change my life and my daughter and do not doubt for a moment to recommend it widely. I thank you also for all you do for us both great teachers educating parents and educators of children who love what they do and that is appreciated even more.

Claudia C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I attended the AVANCE program in 2012-2013. I was extremely nervous to leave my son in a class room when he was just 2yrs old. let's just say I was the one crying instead of him. For the first few days I would check on him probably every 5 minutes, the teachers would always tell me he was doing fine and that he was happy and how much fun he had with all the kids. Best of all the teachers Pilar Coleman and Eva Caballero would take me pictures and videos so that I would feel better. For that I am beyond grateful. Thanks too them he can speak a lot better now. I cannot wait till my daughter is 3 so she can attend AVANCE. Hopefully the teachers would be the same. THANK YOU for a great program

Araceli L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son and i attended Avance in 2012-2013, it was the best choice i have ever made. Not only did they help me bea better mom but they helped get my son get prepared for pre kindergarden. I enjoyed every day i attended and so did my son. I cannot foget the joy i had when my son stopped crying after the 3 rd week, it was amazing because we had tried before to get him to go to a part time school but it didnt work out, he would cry the whole 4 hours. To see him happy when after he attended Avance was an experience that i will never forget. Its amazing how those 4 hours he attended Avance made such a difference and impact in his life. He is such a smart kid and he enjoyed attending pre kindergarden the month he was able to attend do to my job and our move. I wishi could have attended another year but do to my job i couldnt. I had tge best teacher Ms. PILAR, She is not just a teacher to us but a friend whom you can talk to and will make you feel better. Thank you Ms. PILI and Avance for giving my son andmyself the opportunity to experience this amazing program. THANK YOU and i will highly recommended.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm actually a Child Of A Graduate Mother in Avance (2002-2003), And This program has helped us alot. This program has been the best experience of a life time. My mom has learned how to do stuff with us that will give your attention when my dad had left us back in 2003. Things have change since he left. Moving Place to place, School to School, Money to no money. But the skill my mom was taught at Avance-Dallas kept us going till today. I would highly Suggest joining or a least trying this program. It will change your Childs life.

Itzel U.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Im a class 2013 .. i took my child xavi to this classes last yr with the best teacher ever. Ms. Pilar Coleman, Ms. Reyna n ms eva.. such a wonderfull experienced it helps me a lot about how to talk n play with my kid.. n morevabout how to be a great mother. Its sad that we can only attend for a yr.. because if can be more than a yrfor sure i took all the levels. I just loved it n definitly say if u have the oportunity to be an AVANCE MOM.. GO FOR IT.. AN EXPERIENCE THAT U WILL NOT REGRET....

1 Brenda50


Rating: 5

I attended to AVANCE in 2012-2013 with Ms Quirindongo. That was the best experience I have had based on my girls education. AVANCE teach parents how to get involve in our child's and whole family's life. They teach the kids a lot too. My daughter love to sing on to draw. She remember her teacher Bertha. She wants to go back.
AVANCE also gave me a career experience know I am working as Teacher Assistant thanks to AVANCE they gave me the opportunity to work in a school.