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F I S C A L I M P A C T R E P O R T
SPONSOR Papen
ORIGINAL DATE
LAST UPDATED
01/16/08
HB
SHORT TITLE Dona Ana CYFD Parent Child Education
SB
70
ANALYST Lucero
APPROPRIATION (dollars in thousands)
Appropriation
Recurring
or Non-Rec
Fund
Affected
FY08
FY09
$605.0
Recurring
General Fund
(Parenthesis ( ) Indicate Expenditure Decreases)
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
LFC Files
Responses Received From
Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD)
SUMMARY
Synopsis of Bill
Senate Bill 70 appropriates six hundred five thousand dollars ($605,000) from the general fund
to the Children, Youth and Families Department for expenditure in fiscal year 2009 to implement
the AVANCE parent-child education program to provide services to two hundred twenty-five
families in Chaparral, Dona Ana, Organ, Vado and the Rincon-Placitas area in Dona Ana county.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS
The appropriation of six hundred five thousand ($605,000) contained in this bill is a recurring
expense to the general fund. Any unexpended or unencumbered balance remaining at the end of
a fiscal year shall revert to the general fund.
The appropriation is not part of the Executive recommendation for Children Youth and Families
Department.
CYFD states that it is unknown at this time if the funds would be sufficient to provide
educational services to 225 clients.
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SIGNIFICANT ISSUES
AVANCE is a Spanish word meaning "to advance" or "to progress." The AVANCE Parent-
Child Education Program focuses on parent education, early childhood development, brain
development, literacy, and school readiness. The program serves predominantly poor Latino
families in underserved communities. AVANCE's mission is "Unlocking America's Potential"
and the program accomplishes this one child, one family, one community at a time by teaching
parents to be advocates and role models for their children. Parents are taught that they are the
first and most important teachers for their children. The nine-month core program caters to
parents with children from 0-3 years of age, operating in housing projects, community centers
and schools. AVANCE instructors guide parents through the stages of emotional, physical, social
and cognitive development of their children with special topics that range from the importance of
reading and effective discipline to nutrition. Parents also attend classes in literacy, learning
English and attaining a GED.
The average AVANCE child is born and brought up in a low income family in which neither the
father nor mother, if present, has completed high school or speaks English. The AVANCE
program builds on resources that are well established in the community. One hour of each
encounter with the families is dedicated to connecting families to community resources. In
addition, the program model offers English as a Second Language (ESL) and General
Equivalency Diploma (GED) classes for parents
PERFORMANCE IMPLICATIONS
CYFD is currently contracting for services using this model in Dona Ana County
ADMINISTRATIVE IMPLICATIONS
CYFDs Office of Child Development currently manages the Dona Ana County AVANCE
parent-child education program that is contracted to serve 40 families with children from birth to
age four. If enacted, CYFD is able to absorb the increased monitoring of this program
WHAT WILL BE THE CONSEQUENCES OF NOT ENACTING THIS BILL
Status quo.
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