“After Avance, I noticed a change in my life. I am now more patient, more loving and more sympathetic with my children, my husband and my friends. Avance has it all for learning and educating us as parents as a community.”


Problem Statement: In Sonoma County, only 23% of English learners enter kindergarten “ready to go,” and only 27% of Latino students read at a proficient level by third grade.

Goal of the Program: To empower families to break the cycle of poverty through a family engagement approach combining early childhood development and parenting education.

Primary Activities:

  • Nine-month program with weekly three hour meetings for Spanish speaking parents with children 0-3 years
  • Toy-making instruction, intensive parenting/child development class, and community resource information
  • Monthly home visits and weekly bookbag exchange

Outcome Highlights:

  • Six classes at four sites in Santa Rosa and Windsor, serving 145 families with 180 children in FY15-16
  • 90% improved score on parenting questionnaire
  • 92% read to children three or more times per week

Contact Information:

  • avance@capsonoma.org


Community Action Partnership (CAP) of Sonoma County and First 5 Sonoma County developed Let’s Go to Kindergarten, a parent booklet that reviews parent and child expectations, offers activity suggestions, and provides helpful tips and information about school readiness. Click links below to download booklets.

Let’s Go to Kindergarten (English) Let’s Go to Kindergarten (Spanish)

Special thanks to our partners:

Sonoma Wine Country Weekend