Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Program recently resumed comprehensive child development services to children of low-income families currently working in, or migrate for the purpose of working in seasonal agriculture.
Guided by Tri-Valley Head Start’s Mission “To cultivate life-long learning in children and families” individualized services available to children, birth to kindergarten age, are collaboratively developed to meet the needs of children and families. Services, which embrace and support the ethnic, cultural, and linguistic heritage of children and families, include early childhood education, medical and dental examinations, immunizations, developmental screenings, disabilities services, mental health, parent involvement and education, referrals to community resources and transportation to and from the center.
Nationally, Migrant Seasonal Head Start was created to respond to the needs of migrant farm worker families; providing child care services to young children of migrants, keeping them out of the fields with their parents, being exposed to pesticides, hazardous equipment, extreme heat, and other dangers. MSHS has served migrant children since 1969 and seasonal children since 1999. Tri-Valley Migrant and Seasonal Head Start currently provides services to children and families in 14 communities located throughout Minnesota and North Dakota.