Brown Bag Lecture Series: Milagros Nores

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 11:45am - 1:00pm

GSE Lecture Hall (room 124)

Brown Bag Lecture Series

The AVANCE Randomized Controlled Trials Outcomes Study

Milagros Nores

National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), Rutgers University


This talk investigates the effects of AVANCE, a parent-child center-based education program, on parenting practices, knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs in relation to child development and child rearing, in two culturally distinct sites in northeastern United States. We find mothers in the program were much more likely to breastfeed, and parents in the program understood the importance of their involvement in their children's development. Parents were also more likely to understand the importance of children interacting with other adults, children playing with other children, talking to children frequently, having stories or books available, and having toys available (this last one being significant in statistical terms). The program did not affect parent-child interactions or feelings about parenting, according to the indicators used. For children, the one dimension of child development for which we found an effect was gross motor development. The evaluation was on two sites that were very nascent to the program, with unclear sustainability, which may make the effects small relative to mature sites. These findings appear to support the potential for these types of two-generation programs to strengthen families.


Milagros Nores, Ph.D., Co-Director for Research at NIEER, oversees research operations at NIEER, while pursuing her own research as well. Her expertise and interests are in early childhood development, data-driven policy development, evaluation design, economics, cultural diversity, and English language learning. Dr. Nores currently runs an early childhood study in Colombia, a study on parental-child educational practices for minority children in the United States, and evaluations of West Virginia’s, Philadelphia’s, and Seattle’s preschool programs. Her background is in early childhood attainment, the economics of education, poverty, and international and comparative education. She has a Ph.D. in Education and Economics from Columbia University and an Ed.M. in Educational Administration and Social Policy from Harvard University.

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