After abruptly suspending operations in November, Avance Waco, a nonprofit serving at-risk Latino families with parent-education and English-as-a-second-language courses, has reopened, according to a press release from Hector Sabido, the group’s new board chairman.

Working with Waco ISD

Avance plans to expand its services to more families in Waco, primarily those in Waco Independent School District, the press release states.

The organization will work closely with Waco ISD Superintendent A. Marcus Nelson to serve as many families as possible, Sabido said in the press release. Sabido was voted in as board chairman in January, after the previous chairwoman stepped down because of medical issues.

“There are lot of things in the works right now, but there’s a viable partnership that’s going to take place with Dr. Nelson and Waco ISD,” Sabido said. “The services we have now we’re planning to cram more of those into Waco ISD schools. Avance will look different then it has in the past, but we’ll be offering more of those services to Waco ISD.”

Evaluating business model

Sabido did not say whether Avance has secured a new funding source, but it is still evaluating its business model moving forward.

The Waco branch is part of a national nonprofit started in 1973 focused on parent education, early childhood development, brain development, literacy and school readiness. But each branch operates independently under its own board, officials said in November after local operations were suspended.

“We’re just excited about just having our doors open once again, and especially being of service to the Latino community in the area,” Sabido said. “We’re looking forward to the bright future ahead of us.”

For more information, call Avance Waco at 296-0449.

Shelly Conlon has covered K-12 education for the Tribune-Herald since July 2016. Prior to the Tribune-Herald, she was the managing editor for the Waxahachie Daily Light, and an intern for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.

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