Typical Migrant/Seasonal Head Start Programs and Services
We provide migrant and seasonal children learning environments and experiences that enable them to solve problems, initiate activities, explore, question, and gain mastery through learning by doing. We make home visits twice a year, allowing parents and Head Start staff the opportunity to jointly develop goals for the children.
Health and Disability Services
We provide a broad range of medical, dental, and mental health activities to promote sound physical, social, and emotional growth and development. We offer total health screenings for infants, toddlers, and preschool children. Parent health education teaches migrant and seasonal families how to assess and seek help and care for their children's health. Over ten percent of the children we serve have disabilities.
We conduct nutrition education in the classroom and in the home. We serve breakfast and lunch, or lunch and an afternoon snack, family style. All meals meet USDA/Head Start requirements. The meals/snacks we serve support the health-medical-dental component.
We offer parents educational, nutritional, medical, dental, mental health, and social services training with concrete experiences to support them in their role as parents. Migrant and seasonal programs accommodate the working schedules of parents by conducting center and parent council meetings in the evening or on weekends. Parent meetings allow parents to be active in the decision making process of their local programs.
Migrant and Seasonal Head Start programs teach migrant and seasonal families how to find and utilize available local community services and resources enabling them to improve their families' condition and quality of life.
Who We Are
We are local providers of high quality childcare. We are experts in infants, toddlers, and the migrant culture. We partner with other local social and health service groups. We are a part of something bigger – other agencies throughout the United States who serve children when their families are working in seasonal agriculture.
What We Do
We prepare children to enter school ready to succeed. We also help parents learn about the customs and values of our communities, learn English, and become strong supporters of their children’s continuing education.
What Makes Us Special
The families we serve. They believe in the American dream and work hard to achieve it. Our programs, therefore, work with the families by operating seasonally to meet their needs as they harvest our nation’s fruits and vegetables. We ensure that our programs are bilingual and comprehensive – offering adults, as well as children, the opportunities to learn and grow.
Why This Matters
The families we serve put safe, healthy, and affordable food on America’s tables. The head start we provide children saves public education funds by sending children who are prepared to succeed, with pride in their native languages and cultures, and a strong desire and foundation to be the future leaders of our country.
Programs and Services: “Many young migrant and seasonal children in the United States are taken to the fields every day because their parents have no other options while they work. Getting the children out of fields and unsafe environments is a starting point for Migrant and Seasonal Head Start (MSHS) programs, but they do much more. By seeking to break the cycle of poverty created by moving from place to place, MSHS programs answer basic needs for migrant and seasonal children and their families by providing positive, nurturing child development programs for children ages birth to 5 years old.”
“MSHS Programs are inter-disciplinary, full day, individualized, multi-cultural, and utilize appropriate developmental practices. Children, whose native language is other than English, are encouraged to build upon their native language while English is gradually introduced.”
“Children learn to be self-directed, to interact in group settings, and to be accepting of the ethnic, cultural, and individual differences in people. Staff develop partnerships with parents to involve them as the first and most important teachers in the overall development of their children.”