Parent-Child Education Program—Carmen P Cortez Family Center
San Antonio Community Resource Directory
COVID-19 Notice

AVANCE Early Head Start Centers in San Antonio will re-open with limited services on August 24, 2020.

AVANCE Head Start in San Antonio will be held virtually, beginning August 24th. Teachers and Family Development Workers for these children will be in contact with updated information.

We will continue to educate, nurture, and support our families with activity packets and virtual check-ins for children and parents.

If you are currently an AVANCE Family, please contact your Center Director for updated information.

If you are interested in enrolling your child in our programs, please check out the rest of our website and contact Beth Walthall at [email protected].

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.

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

Support Services:

  • Nutrition Services and Education
  • Access to Health and Dental Services
  • Access to Mental Health Services and 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

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must have a child under 4 years old or be a parent
  • Meet income federal poverty guidelines

Service Area Target:

  • Zip codes 78207, 78228, 78237, 78204, 78221, 78211
  • Bexar County
Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Georgette Chapa - Center Director Send email
(210) 223-3667