Programs

Be a champion of a family’s future

Strengthening Families in our Community for over 40 Years

Founded in 1973, AVANCE-San Antonio is an organization that has been strengthening families in our community for over 45 years. AVANCE is based on the premise that education begins in the home when a child is born and that parents must be their child’s first and most important teacher. AVANCE facilitates change: first, in the parents, then in their young children, family and home. The change AVANCE makes in today’s’ families dramatically impacts future generations. The purpose of the AVANCE program is to develop strong and stable families, healthy children, and promote economic self-sufficiency in families through education.

Parent-Child Education Program

At the foundation of all programs is the nine-month Parenting and Early Childhood Education offered parents and their children under the age of four. Families attend once a week Monday–Thursday from September to May. Services are comprehensive and designed to enhance the child-rearing skills of parents in order to foster the healthy development of their children and ensure school readiness in their children.

Parents are supported in meeting their educational and personal growth goals in ensuring economic stability. Monthly home visits assess the family home environment and reinforce lessons learned in the classroom. Support services are provided to parents in order for them to begin building safety nets of support to strengthen their families. Classes are provided in Spanish and English.

Services to Fathers Component

The Services to Fathers Component is integrated into the Parent-Child Education Program. This program provides weekly interactive fatherhood classes presented in a support group setting validating their personal experiences with life copying mechanism. In addition, couples learn about anger and stress management, domestic violence prevention, how to express their emotions in a positive manner, and the community support and opportunities to achieve their goals.

Services Provided
  • 9-month Parenting Education
  • Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Home Visitations
Eligibility Criteria
  • Must have a child under 4 years old or be a parent
  • Meet income federal poverty guidelines
Program Locations

AVANCE Carmen P. Cortez Family Center
1103 S San Jacinto, San Antonio 78207

AVANCE Fenley Center
934 Flanders, San Antonio 78211

Support Services
  • Nutrition Services and Education
  • Access to Health & Dental Services
  • Access to Mental Health Services & ECI
  • Linkage to Community Resources
  • Transportation (specific to boundaries)
  • Services to Fathers
Adult Education
  • Workforce Pathways
  • College Technical Assistance and Support
  • Financial Literacy
  • Parental Engagement and Leadership
Service Area Target
  • Zip codes 78207, 228, 237, 204, 221, 211
  • Bexar County

Early Head Start Program

Early Head Start provides comprehensive child and family development services for low-income families with infants and toddlers ages birth to three years. Early Head Start provides early, continuous, intensive and comprehensive child development and family support services on a year-round basis. The purpose of the program is to enhance children's physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development for school readiness; to support parents' efforts to fulfill their parental roles; and to help parents move toward self-sufficiency. AVANCE-San Antonio offers a two-option program for children and their families consisting of Home-based Option and Center-based Option providing services at licensed Childhood Development Centers. At all times Early Head Start services at least 10% children with disabilities.

Services Provided

Home-based Option

  • Weekly Home Visits
  • Bi-Weekly Group Socializations

Center-based Option

  • Infant/Toddler Child Development Classrooms
  • Early Childhood Education and Development
  • Services for Infants & Toddlers with Special Needs
  • Bilingual and Dual Language
Program Locations
  • Early Head Start- Home-base Option
  • Frank Garrett Child Development Center
  • Rebecca C. Cervantez (RCC) Child Development Center
  • Kelly Child Development Center
  • Mirasol Child Development Center
  • SW 19th Child Development Center
  • Morales Child Development Center
  • Fenley Child Development Center
  • Good Samaritan Child Development Center (Partnership)
Support Services
  • Health & Dental Screenings
  • Developmental and Social-Emotional Screenings
  • Child and Family Mental Health (ECI)
  • Nutrition Services and Education
  • Home Visits
  • Parent Education & Services to Fathers
  • Linkage to Community Resources
  • Transportation (if needed)
Adult Education
  • Parental Engagement & Workforce Pathways
Service Area Target
  • Residents in Districts 3, 4, 5
  • Harlandale I.S.D.

Head Start Program - San Antonio

Head Start provides quality preschool education services to children 3–4 years of age for working or school-enrolled parents in a licensed child development facility that meets Federal Income Poverty Guidelines and primarily resides in the Harlandale Independent School District.

Services are provided through a combination model of comprehensive education services to eligible children. Education services promote each child’s physical, social, emotional and cognitive development to achieve school readiness measures and successful Head Start child outcomes. Additional comprehensive family and community support services provided include health, mental health, parenting, nutrition, early intervention for at-risk or developmentally delayed children and case management system.

Services Provided
  • Pre-K3 and Pre-K4 Classrooms
  • Bilingual and Dual Language
  • Inclusion Classroom
  • Developmental and Social-Emotional Screenings
  • Vision and Hearing Screenings
  • Health and Dental Screenings
  • Nutritional Meals
  • Family Goal Setting
Program Locations
  • Fenley Center
  • Gilbert Elementary
  • Adams Elementary
  • Gillette Elementary
  • Bellaire Elementary
  • Rayburn Elementary
  • Collier Elementary
  • Wright Elementary
  • Vestal Elementay
Support Services
  • Health Services
  • Child and Family Mental Health (ECI)
  • Nutrition Services and Education
  • Home Visits
  • Parent Education & Services to Fathers
  • Linkage to Community Resources
  • Transportation (if needed)
Adult Education
  • Parental Engagement & Workforce Pathways
Eligibility Criteria
  • Must have a child the age of 3–4 years old
  • Meet income federal poverty guidelines
  • Live within the Harlandale I.S.D. service area

Texas Wintergarden - Early Head Start & Head Start

The Early Head Start and Head Start Programs provide education services to families working or enrolled in school and residing within the five rural counties- Edward, Kinney, Real, Uvalde, and Zavala.

The Early Head Start Program provides quality early childhood education services 180 children ages birth to three years old. Services are provided through two program options: 1) a Home Based Option whereby families are visited once a week in their home and group socializations are held twice a month, and 2) a Center Based Option whereby infants and toddlers of working or enrolled parents receive full-time quality early childhood education and care at a licensed childcare facility. Additional services provided include health, nutrition and prenatal care through a case management system.

The Head Start Program provides quality preschool education services to children ages 3-4 years old. Education services promote each child’s physical, social, emotional and cognitive development to achieve school readiness measures and successful Head Start child outcomes. Additional comprehensive family and community support services provided include health, mental health, parenting, nutrition, early intervention for at-risk or developmentally delayed children and case management system.

Early Head Start Services Provided
  • Infant/Toddler Classrooms
  • Bilingual and Dual Language
  • Services for Infants & Toddlers with Special Needs
  • Developmental and Social-Emotional Screenings
  • Health and Dental Screenings
  • Nutritional Meals
Early Head Start Eligibility Criteria
  • Must have a child the age of 0–3 years old
  • Meet income federal poverty guidelines
  • Live within the Edward, Kinney, Real Uvalde and Zavala counties
Program Locations
  • La Pryor – Head Start Child Development Center
  • Rocksprings – Head Start/EHS Child Development Center
  • Crystal City – Head Start Child Development Center
  • Crsytal City – Early Head Start Child Development Center
  • Camp Wood – Head Start/EHS Child Development Center
  • Batesville – Head Start/EHS Child Development Center
  • La Pryor ISD –Head Start Child Development Center
  • Niños de Cristal – Early Head Start- Home-based Center
  • Niños de Uvalde – Early Head Start Child Development Center
  • Uvalde – Early Head Start Child Development Center
  • Uvalde – Head Start Child Development Center
Head Start Services Provided
  • Pre-K3 and Pre-K4 Classrooms
  • Bilingual and Dual Language
  • Inclusion Classroom
  • Developmental and Social-Emotional Screenings
  • Vision and Hearing Screenings
  • Health and Dental Screenings
  • Nutritional Meals
  • Family Goal Setting
Head Start Eligibility Criteria
  • Must have a child the age of 3–4 years old
  • Meet income federal poverty guidelines
  • Live within the Edward, Kinney, Real Uvalde and Zavala counties
Support Services
  • Father Involvement
  • Home Visits
  • Nutritional Meals
  • Family Goal Setting
  • Financial Literacy Classes
  • HEB Read-3 Family Literacy/Nutrition Classes
  • Referrals and Guidance (Health Services, Mental Health Services, Community Resources)
Adult Education
  • Parental Engagement & Workforce Pathways