Like all Head Start programs, MSHS Programs are inter-disciplinary and focus on education, health (physical, dental, and mental), social services, nutrition, and parent involvement. As families migrate to another state, MSHS programs work with each other across state lines to coordinate services when possible and to ensure that children and their families continue to have access to MSHS services.
EDUCATION: MSHS programs provide children with a learning environment and the experiences that enable them to solve problems, initiate activities, explore, question, and gain mastery through learning by doing. Children served in MSHS leave the programs with literacy skills in both English and Spanish. Programs work closely with the parents of each child so that families are better able to support educational goals outside of the classroom.
PARENT INVOLVEMENT: MSHS programs offer parents educational, nutritional, medical, dental, mental health, and social services training to support them in their role as parents. Programs accommodate the working schedules of parents by conducting center and parent council meetings in the evenings or on weekends so parents can participate.
SOCIAL SERVICES: MSHS programs teach families how to find and utilize local community services and resources which enable them to improve their living conditions and quality of life.
HEALTH AND DISABILITY SERVICES: MSHS programs provide a broad range of medical, dental, and mental health services to promote sound physical, social, and emotional growth and development. Programs offer total health screenings for infants, toddlers, and preschool children and parent health education classes are designed to teach migrant and seasonal families how to assess and seek help and care for their children’s health. Over ten percent of the children served have disabilities and receive inclusive services.
NUTRITION: MSHS programs conduct nutrition education in the classroom and in the home. Programs serve breakfast and lunch, or lunch and an afternoon snack, family style and all meals meet USDA/Head Start requirements.
Thousands of U.S. farmworker families leave their “home base” and travel across the country following the seasonal harvests. Typically, farmworkers follow three main streams as they travel up north.