School Readiness

School readiness is the foundation for future educational success. School readiness involves developing key cognitive, physical, and social-emotional skills that prepare a child for pre-k or kindergarten. A focus on readiness ensures children start school with the necessary skills to learn, interact positively with others, and adapt to a structured learning environment, all of which contribute to positive outcomes through life.


The AVANCE Parent-Child Education Program (PCEP) adopts a two-generation approach that aims to increase parenting knowledge and promote school readiness among low-income Latino families. This report presents findings from a quasi-experimental study evaluating the effects of participating in AVANCE PCEP. Specifically, we examine how participation in AVANCE PCEP is associated with school readiness and whether educational benefits from participation in the program are sustained through third grade.

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