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AVANCE - Austin Partners

AVANCE values the ongoing support of our operating partners whose commitment to our mission and our growth allows us to build and sustain solid relationships with the broader community. This support, in turn, enables AVANCE to assist more under-served and under-resourced families in building brighter futures.


Below is a list of AVANCE-Austin’s partner agencies, descriptions of coalitions we belong to, and partnerships formed with city entities and school districts:

Non-Profit Agencies

  • American Gateways: Presents to parents on immigration issues and legal rights and responsibilities.
  • Any Baby Can: Receives referrals for children identified as having developmental disabilities during the screening process and provides client referrals to AVANCE programs.
  • Austin Child Guidance Center: Receives referrals for children’s mental health counseling services, if needs are identified within the class or home visit, and provides professional development to AVANCE instructors.
  • Austin Community College: Delivers English as a Second Language (ESL) classes to AVANCE participants; provides information to parents about Continuing Education classes; and, assists with enrollment of staff in Child Development Associate classes.
  • Austin Diaper Bank: Provides monthly diaper donations of all sizes for our program participants to use in their homes.
  • Austin Public Health: Presents workshops to parents on early prevention of childhood obesity and diabetes.
  • Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services (EMS): Provides information on road and vehicle safety and helps distribute free car seats to our families.
  • Bookspring: Donates books to all AVANCE families through their book distribution programs.
  • Catholic Charities Central Texas: Presents to families on free family counseling services and other programs offered through their agency.
  • Center for Child Protection: Presents to parents about protecting child from child sexual abuse.
  • Central Texas Food Bank: Presents to parents on nutrition and local food banks available for use.
  • Child Inc: Conducts on-site enrollment for the Head Start programs.
  • CommUnityCare: Provides access to low- to no-cost health services at their East Side clinic and referrals to AVANCE from their pregnancy program.
  • Housing Authority City of Austin: Invites us to present during their residents’ meetings in targeted communities and provides client referrals.
  • Economic Growth Business Incubator (EGBI): Provides entrepreneurship training and coaching for AVANCE families that have a desire to create their own businesses.
  • Easterseals Central Texas: Receives referrals for children identified as having developmental disabilities during the screening process and provides client referrals to AVANCE’s programs.
  • El Buen Samaritano: Presents to parents on advanced ESL classes, computer literacy training, and GED instruction.
  • Foundation Communities: Provides information to parents on low-income housing, financial management, and budgeting, as well as free tax preparation.
  • Manos de Cristo: Presents to parents on ESL and adult education classes, including GED instruction.
  • Nation Association of Latino Elected Official Ed fund: Provides educational resources around Census and other civic engagement initiatives.
  • Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, Inc.: Provides educational trainings about women’s reproductive health and ways to positively talk about sexuality with children.
  • Poison Control: Presents to families on toxins around the home and how to creative a toxic free safe environment.
  • The Literacy Coalition of Central Texas: Provides training, resources, and coordination to AmeriCorps/ VISTA service members working at AVANCE-Austin.
  • SAFE Alliance: Trains AVANCE staff on identifying and handling domestic violence situations amongst participants, presents to parents on issues of domestic violence, and acts as referral services.
  • Sante Pediatrics: Presents to parents on speech, occupational, medical nutrition, and physical therapy.
  • Smile Center Dental: Presents to parents on low cost dental care options.
  • Texas Advocacy Project: Acts as a referral source for domestic violence and provides presentations for parents.
  • Texas A&M AgriLife Extension: Provides an 8 week series on health and nutrition for participants.
  • Thinkery: Provides AVANCE families reduced membership opportunities and offers space and STEAM education for the children of the parents enrolled in our entrepreneurship program.
  • TX Star: Presents to parents on the importance of signing children up for Medicaid and assists with the process
  • Vela: Presents to parents of children with disabilities and provides professional development for our staff.
  • Women, Infants, and Children (WIC): Presents to parents on their services and invites us to participate in community events to help with outreach.
  • YWCA Greater Austin: Offers workshops on positive relationships in the home, as well as free mental health and counseling services for our families.

Network Partnerships

  • 2-Gen Collaborative Provider Network: Collaboration of 2-gen focused agencies convened by the United Way for Greater Austin working to shape the policies and programs surrounding 2-generation initiatives in our area.
  • Central Texas Fatherhood Initiative: Community initiative convened by The University of Texas Child and Family Research Partnership towards developing effective and positive fatherhood programming.
  • Dell Children’s Health Plan: Provides educational workshop to parents including skills such as CPR and safety in the home and served as the sponsor of our Family Holiday Party for the past 3 years.
  • H-E-B Read 3: Collaborates with AVANCE staff to provide curriculum and materials for 7-week summer health and literacy programming.
  • MAXIMUS TX STAR+PLUS: Provides  families with insurance eligibility resources.
  • One Voice of Central Texas: Serves as a unifying body for 50+ of Austin’s leading social service agencies to bring forth a common voice around advocacy and policy issues. AVANCE-Austin’s Executive Director participates as a member of the Executive Committee.
  • Ready Families Collaborative: City of Austin funded collaborative of 10 agencies working together to provide a continuum of parenting and other services for families with young children.

City Agencies

  • The Austin Public Library: Presents general information during AVANCE’s resource speaker series, and follows up with a special class providing in depth training for parents on how to read to their children. AVANCE-Austin then provides hands-on learning by taking families to the public library, where library representatives lead tours of their facilities.

Independent School Districts