Meet our Madre of the Month, Aidee

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On Aidee’s first day at AVANCE-Austin, she doubted she would finish the nine-month program. Between managing the auto mechanic and catering businesses she owns with her husband and taking care of her family, four hours a week at AVANCE seemed like a big commitment. “I did not think I’d make it through to the end,” Aidee recalls.

Kendra, Aidee’s daughter, had other plans. She couldn’t wait to get back to her class. Aidee decided to give the class another shot. Kendra, two-and-a-half years old, was making friends quickly, and Aidee was glad that her only child was learning to share with others. Continue reading

Then and Now: Reflections of a former AVANCE student

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When she first arrived in the United States, pregnant with her son, Maria Guadalupe was having difficulty adjusting to a new life, a different culture, and a language that was not her own. Her husband’s relatives were nearby, but her own family was thousands of miles away. She had dreams of a career as a   nurse – as she had been in Mexico – but her limited English was a barrier. Continue reading

Cheers for the class of 2016

Infant teacher, Miss Martha and a young graduate

Last month, 200 parents and children ages 0-3 years old walked across the stage to receive their diplomas during the Graduation Ceremony. The Class of 2016 celebrated their achievements and milestones during two ceremonies at the Allan Early Childhood and STEM Center. These proud families are now official graduates of our Parent-Child Education Program. Continue reading

A day in the life


Meet Guadalupe. As our Van Driver/Early Childhood Aide and a 2015 AVANCE-Austin graduate with two young children of her own, she is passionate about making a difference for families through education. In this
“Day in the Life”, Guadalupe takes you through her busy day of the AVANCE infant classroom and beyond. Continue reading

AVANCE-Austin raises over $30K during Amplify Austin

Amplify Austin 2016 was a huge success and we couldn’t have done it without the help from our amazing AVANCE-Austin board, staff, and donors. We raised a grand total of over $30,000, which included a generous $10,000 match gift from Danna and Crutch Crutchfield.

AVANCE-Austin’s Amplify Austin Campaign kicked off with a special cocktail reception sponsored by the University of Texas Club on November 23. At the event, guests were encouraged to make their pledges early and to sign up as AVANCE Ambassadors to run their own fundraising campaigns. AVANCE-Austin had 15 fundraisers contributing to the success of the campaign.

Mother and daughter Blanca (L), Bianca (Middle) Garcia and friend at the Amplify your Love Cocktail Event.

Mother and daughter Blanca (L), Bianca (Middle) Garcia and friend at the Amplify your Love Cocktail Event.

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Focusing on our children’s future

How bright will my future be

AVANCE mother, Leslie Fuentes once told her teacher, “We shouldn’t worry about the kind of world our kids live in. Instead, we need to focus on what kind of kids we are going to raise into this world.”
She describes her experience attending AVANCE’s Parent-Child Education Program with her year-old son, Joseph as transformative:

At AVANCE, the teachers tell you to go outside, where there are trees, and interact with your child.  You will notice the little details, which suddenly become teaching moments. For example, you can teach your children about colors (The tree is green), size (it is big), and about its texture. Those are little things you get to teach your kids, and they’re very important. At AVANCE, I learn that it is the simple stuff that makes a big difference.

Watch Leslie’s testimonial here where she speaks about the importance of how AVANCE’s Parent-Child Education Program impacts her children’s future. Continue reading

Amplify Austin is 3 weeks away!

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Amplify Austin is 3 weeks away and we’re counting on you make this the best year ever for AVANCE-Austin ! Last year, AVANCE-Austin raised $12,000. This year, we’re hoping to raise $20,000. Visit our Amplify page to learn more.

How can you help? In 3 easy ways!

  1. Schedule your donation now right here!
  2. Be a Fundraiser and AVANCE Ambassador by creating your own Fundraiser page.
  3. Spread the word! Tell your friends and share your story on social media why you support @AVANCEAustin. Use hashtags: #AmplifyATX and #AmplifyAVANCE

Want to Amplify your love for a Family? Be an Amplify FUNdraiser!
Check out our FUNdraiser cheat sheet with directions and inspiring ideas to get started on sharing your story.
FUNdraiser Cheat Sheet: How to Amplify your love for AVANCE 101

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Then & Now: Belinda’s Success Story

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(Left to right): Belinda and Juan beginning their journey in 1999; Proud mother (Middle) of Brandon, 21 (L) and Juan, 17 (R)

Every summer, over 200 AVANCE-Austin graduates receive their diplomas after nine months of dedication and commitment in the Parent-Child Education Program. Last year, as they walked across the stage of the Allan Early Childhood Center, the class of 2015 all possessed one thing in common: the keys to unlock their full potential. Continue reading

Mayor Steve Adler and Austin City Council Proclaim AVANCE-Austin Day

Mayor Steve Adler with AVANCE signature toy hobby horse

Mayor Steve Adler with AVANCE signature toy hobby horse

It was a heartwarming moment at City Hall in October when Mayor Steven Adler declared October 22, 2015 as AVANCE-Austin Day during the City Council Meeting. Along with AVANCE-Austin staff, parents, Board Member Kathy Vale Castillo, and Mayor Pro-tem Kathie Tovo, 5 year old AVANCE graduate Emiliano Perez presented a toy hobby horse to the Mayor.

“[The Parent-Child Education Program] fundamentally changes the trajectory of children’s lives,” Mayor Adler announced.

AVANCE-Austin appreciates the important support from the City of Austin. Check out the video here to watch the entire proclamation.