AVANCE’S Mission is to unlock America’s potential by strengthening families in at-risk communities through effective parent education and support programs.This evidence-based program model is preventative, community-based and two-generation focused. The AVANCE Parent Child Education Program concentrates on parenting education, family support, early childhood development, brain development, literacy, and school readiness. The free, nine month curriculum consists of weekly parent education classes with special topics which recognize the great importance of reading, effective discipline and balanced nutrition. A unique element of the program, educational toy making, promotes teaching through play and encourages personal connections amongst participants. This activity reduces stress, which often impedes effective parenting, while promoting self-sufficiency to parents. Home visits, nutritious meals and transportation are other significant model components which play an integral role in the program’s overall success.