Last week, President Barack Obama announced AVANCE’s Commitment to Action in the Rio Grande Valley as one of 150 commitments, with a collective investment of over $340 million, that aim to build on and accelerate federal, state, and local investments in high-quality education, from cradle-to-career for the nation’s Latino community.

AVANCE, a member of our Early Learning Focus Fund, focuses on unlocking America's potential by strengthening families in at-risk communities through effective parent education and support programs.

In the spirit of what President Obama calls a “shared responsibility,” the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics challenged the public and private sectors to make meaningful contributions to expand and support the educational outcomes and opportunities for Hispanics.

AVANCE answered the call with a reinforced commitment to its $2.5 million plan to impact Rio Grande Valley families by offering centralized, comprehensive family support services through innovative partnerships with other nonprofits. The project, Pathways to Alliances for Community Engagement Services (PACES), has allowed AVANCE and Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District to create the first full-service family support hub in the region projected to serve 5,000 Texans annually.

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