About Us...

The Beginning of East Coast Migrant Head Start Project

East Coast Migrant Head Start Project was established in 1974 through a grant to the Leadership of Christian Women Religious to provide services to migrant farmworkers and their children. Under the leadership of Sister Geraldine O’Brien, Head Start centers were opened along the east coast of the United States to ensure continuity of services as families migrated to work in agriculture. Today, ECMHSP operates at approximately 37 centers and serves 2,273 children annually.

Our Model

We deliver services to children and families pursuant to two models. We directly provide services in twenty-six Head Start centers in the areas of Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. In areas where East Coast Migrant Head Start Project lacks a local presence, we partner with other non-profit corporations, delegate agencies, which deliver services to the same high standards as we do. Roughly two-thirds of the 2,273 children we are funded to serve are taught and cared for through our direct service model and a third are taught and cared for through our delegate agency model.

Our Funding

The majority of our funding is derived from a continuing grant from the United States Department of Health and Human Services. We take our stewardship of these federal funds very seriously. Each year, an external auditor reviews our fiscal policies and audits our financial records to ensure that all costs charged to our federal grant are appropriate and allowable. During a five year cycle, our funding agency does a comprehensive review of our operations-with special attention to our fiscal operations- to make sure we are meeting the needs of the families we are funded to serve. We, of course, welcome the financial support of private donors.


East Coast Migrant Head Start Project is committed to preparing the children of migrant and seasonal farm workers for success.  We do this by providing holistic, high quality early childhood education services for children and families in a nurturing, culturally sensitive environment and by providing services and advocating for children and families in their other areas of need.

2301 Sugar Bush Road, Suite 400, Raleigh, North Carolina  27612

Telephone: (800) 655-6831     Email: information@ecmhsp.org

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