Migrant Head Start Program

Child Development Services

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La Junta, CO 81050

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Migrant & Seasonal Head Start Program

Child Development Services

Otero Junior College Child Development Services has Migrant & Seasonal Head Start centers in the following communities; Alamosa, Boone, Center, and Manzanola. These centers operate during the agricultural season of the communities they serve with locally designed programs that are center-based, full-day and structured to meet the needs of the families they serve.

Migrant & Seasonal Head Start serves more than 35,000 migrant children across the United States. This Program serves children from six weeks old to six years old whose families are engaged primarily in agricultural work. Qualifications for enrollment in Migrant Head Start are based on federal poverty income guidelines and the federal definitions of migrant and seasonal farm workers. Many enrolled families report that if they did not have Migrant Head Start, they would either have to leave their children by themselves when going to work or stop working and rely on the welfare system.

Getting migrant children out of unsafe environments is a starting point for Migrant & Seasonal Head Start programs. These programs seek to break the cycle of poverty created by moving from place to place and offer positive, nurturing child development programs for children ages birth to school entry age.

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About Migrant Head Start
Migrant & Seasonal Head Start

Migrant & Seasonal Head Start programs are individualized, multi-cultural and utilize appropriate developmental practices. Children, whose native language is other than English, are encouraged to build upon their 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 prime educators in the development of their children.

Migrant & Seasonal Head Start Program Components:

  • Education
  • Parent Involvement
  • Social Services
  • Health & Disabilities Services
  • Nutrition
  • Supports Working Families
For more information about enrolling your child in Migrant Head Start contact:
Child Development Services