Since its inception in 1969, Migrant and Seasonal Head Start (MSHS) programs have served children from birth to five years old in a program delivery model designed to meet the needs of migrant and seasonal farmworkers who harvest our nation’s crops. The National Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Association (NMSHSA), a non profit 501(c) (3) organization, was incorporated in 2001 to be the voice for the children of migrant and seasonal farmworkers within the Head Start community and serves as the premier advocate for resources, the disseminator of information to the general public and to create partnerships to help member agencies provide quality comprehensive services to all farmworker children and their families.
All Migrant and Seasonal Head Start grantees are invited and encouraged to participate with the National Migrant Seasonal Head Start Association. Each member grantee is allowed representatives in the following categories/Affiliates: CEO/Community Partner, Director, Staff, and Parent. Membership to the NMSHSA Board of Directors is comprised of 6 members from each of the Affiliates and the immediate past President of the Board of Directors as an ex-officio, non voting member. The NMSHSA also recognizes the importance of having experienced voices and ocasionally seeks the experience of other non-voting members as Advisory members.khklhklh