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ASPIRA of Florida and AVANCE Celebrate First Graduating Class

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The room was filled with first time graduates, parent and child alike.

AVANCE and ASPIRA of Florida staff gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of the Parent-Child Education Program participants. The graduation was held at ASPIRA's South Leadership Charter School and featured a presentation ceremony awarding mothers and their young children the very first diploma either has ever received.

"It was such an honor to be an attendee at the graduation, seeing the confidence and happiness in the parent and child graduates left me speechless," said Jennifer Flores, EHS Director/Training Specialist, AVANCE, Inc.

This milestone marked the completion of a nine month program dedicated to early childhood development and parent education. For the mothers of these children who never graduated from high school or college, receiving this diploma alongside their child was a poignant moment. Sharing this "first" together fostered a deep sense of accomplishment and pride.

The Parent-Child Education Program (PCEP) is a collaborative effort by ASPIRA and AVANCE, Inc., a San Antonio based nonprofit organization, to strengthening families in at-risk communities through effective parent education and support programs.

"I am so grateful to have been involved in a program that has given me and my child a great first step in the right direction," said Narcheli Casanova.

Targeting the hardest to reach families, the nine-month PCEP consists of weekly parent education classes, instructional toy making, home visits, and also includes an early childhood education component. The goal of the program is to empower families to break the cycle of poverty by fostering parenting knowledge and skills that directly impact children's development, while also providing the early education necessary for children's long-term academic and personal success. In addition, the PCEP encourages parents to achieve their own educational and professional goals, which leads to financial independence and personal growth.

"When a parent is proactive and is given support in helping their children become prepared and engaged students, families are strengthened," explained George Cabrera, President and CEO of ASPIRA of Florida, Inc.

Both ASPIRA and AVANCE are working towards a future where all children and parents are given access to the tools needed to develop to their full potential, transforming the communities in which they live. Through this program and partnership, communities in Florida will be offered another valuable resource to assist them in achieving their goals.Avance Award-WebHL

"We are honored to be partnering with such a progressive and energetic organization, such as ASPIRA of Florida. The first group of graduates is a strong testament to the commitment ASPIRA has toward the families they serve. We look forward to many more successes and collaboration opportunities as together we continue to Unlock America's Potential, one family at a time," said Magdalena Santos, AVANCE's Project Director.

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