WHO WE ARE
Avance North Texas is a results-based program
Here are the results for 2016-2017:
80% of 3 and 4 year old children who graduated in 2014 were prepared for kindergarten, that is, they demonstrated mastery in 70% of school readiness skills on the LAP-3 (Learning Accomplishment Profile).
86% of children from 0 to 2 years of age had development equal to or greater than their target age on the E-LAP (Early Learning Accomplishment Profile).
81% of participating parents had five to seven home visits, demonstrating at least 75% of the 44 “ideal” parental behaviors in the AVANCE Visitor Visit List while playing with their child.
82% of graduating parents reported having read to their children at least five days a week by the end of the year, compared to only 19% at the beginning of the program.
83% of graduated parents met the 12% goal (or 3 points) increase in the. post-APQ exam (AVANCE Parenting Questionnaire). The average increase was 26%.
Parents participated in a total of 77,163 hours of community service during the 2013-2014 program, including specialized projects such as organizing a health initiative to become reading tutors in their local schools.
91% of first and second year students who completed an ESL class in the English for work program during the 2013-2014 school year improved at least proficiency level in the placement test side by side.
24% of students who completed at least one year of the English program got a job, increased their income or started a business by the end of the year.
IDRA report on the effectiveness of AVANCE
On January 23, 2014, the Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA, an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring educational opportunities for each child) published a new research report documenting the effectiveness of AVANCE’s programs. The study was designed to assess whether participation led to a long-term change in decision and socioeconomic status.
We track the academic achievements of our graduates
The following graphs show the latest findings of how graduates of Avance North Texas compare with their peers in the Dallas Independent School District and the state of Texas.
Avance North Texas Board of Directors
Douglas M. Cowen
Maria Cristina Jaramillo
Jesus J. Ponce
Rust E. Reid
Anita Zusman Eddy
Members of the Advisory Board
Principal of Gabe P. Allen Elementary School
JPMorgan Chase Bank
Stephanie Zapata Moore
National Counsel of Jewish Women
Geraldine “Tincy” Miller
Former Chair of the State Board of Education
K & L Gates
Telisa Webb Schelin
Chief Executive Officer
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Anne Thomas is the CEO of Avance North Texas since 2017 and previously served as Executive Director since April 2012.
She has established a sound fiscal base, projects the vision of the agency and keeps the programs focused on the mission. A strong advocate of intervention in early childhood, Anne guides the organization in the advancement of at risk children through educational strategies that have stood the test of time. Her vibrant leadership style energizes staff to transform the lives of children. She brings to her position more than one decade of nonprofit experience at a number of organizations including Avance North Texas, Big Thought, ChildCareGroup and the Houston / Harris County Homeless Coalition.
Her past experience and enthusiasm for the mission of Avance North Texas makes her an effective advocate for at risk children in our city.
Chief Operating Officer
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Daisy Cano is the Chief Operating Officer of Avance North Texas, administering the programs and supervising the coordinators of the eight teams in the program. She is responsible for ensuring that the program maintains the high quality and makes a lasting impact on children and parents. She obtained a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2008 and joined Avance North Texas as coordinator of the HOPE program in January 2009. She was an operations coordinator for one year and was promoted to program director in July 2011 and associate director in July 2012. She has proven herself to be a very capable leader for any project.
Ms. Cano has experiences as an early intervention specialist, case manager and program coordinator. This experience has well equipped her for her leadership role in supervising operations at an agency dedicated to promoting young children and families.
Michelle S. Anderson
Ana Lorena Galvan
Eight staff teams and AmeriCorps members directly impact the children and parents in our program, including parent educators, home visitors / toy instructors, literacy educators, child leadership teachers, child development teachers, and social workers.
Our Founder: Lisa Oglesby Rocha
Lisa Oglesby Rocha dedicated fifteen years of her life to the mission of AVANCE North Texas, founding the organization in 1996 and serving faithfully until September 2011. Through her tireless efforts, she established AVANCE North Texas as a respected organization. She expanded the agency from being a startup with five employees, three sites and a budget of 300,000 dollars, to a staff that exceeded 50 employees and served more than 2,000 parents and children annually across 33 sites, with a budget of $1.9 million dollars. During her tenure at AVANCE North Texas, she did her best to improve the Dallas community.
Highlights of the years of Lisa Oglesby Rocha at AVANCE North Texas:
- Executive Director of AVANCE North Texas 1996-2011.
- Co-author of articles on education
- Participant in a panel of the Department of Education of the United States, Richard Riley, in the meeting of Satellite City: “Nurturing Readers: Building and Sustaining Community Reading Programs”.
- Honors: Outstanding Individual Award from the Dallas County Women’s Council (May 2017); Dreams, Doers and Unsung Heroes of the Real Estate Council (November 2007).