As a child, Nohemi Montalvo attended one of our Head Start programs in Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Before going off to college, she worked at our ECMHSP Cheriton Center as a Bilingual Caregiver for about six weeks. I invite you to learn more about her story. What is your family’s background? Thank you for giving me this wonderful opportunity to introduce myself. I have seven family members in my family including me. My parents worked in the tomato fields for three years in
Please tell me about your background. How did you start working for East Coast Migrant Head Start Project? Before moving to Raleigh to work for ECMHSP, I was living in Arkansas. My son Bryson went to a Head Start center called Child Development Incorporated, located in Russellville, Arkansas. He attended from the age of three until almost the age of six. He was advanced and went to the gifted and talented classroom; he’s academically focused. During Bryson’s 7th grade ye
Christina Arnold has been a part of East Coast Migrant Head Start Project since May of 2017. I recently had the opportunity to conduct a phone interview with her. Keep reading to learn more about why she’s such a key team member for ECMHSP. Can you please tell me a little bit about your story at East Coast Migrant Head Start Project? I had spent seven months as a substitute bus driver for the Hamilton County School District in Florida. One day during our regular morning m
Effective governance is an essential part of any successful Head Start program. East Coast Migrant Head Start Project is proud of the strong partnership we have with our Board of Directors and Policy Council! Their great leadership and unwavering dedication to the mission allows us to provide comprehensive, high-quality early childhood education and Head Start services to farmworker families. Each year, the ECMHSP Board of Directors and Policy Council meet to fulfill their
Lynn Bowen is the Head Start Administrator for ECMHSP’s Direct Services in Virginia. This is her experience as she and her team advocate for farmworker families. The ECMHSP Virginia Direct Services team has been actively participating in opportunities to raise awareness of our Migrant Head Start programs, families, and employment opportunities. Exhibitor table representing ECMHSP at the regional job fair. On April 5, LaShundra Weeks, Center Director, and Rhonda Strand, Early
ECMHSP has grown so much since the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and Sister Geraldine O’Brien founded the first Head Start center for farmworker families on the east coast in Palatka, Florida. Since those humble beginnings, we have expanded up the east coast, providing more than 200,000 farmworker children with an opportunity to learn and play. Children enrolled in ECMHSP’s Head Start program receive dental exams and immunizations. What’s the secret to our success?
Farmworker parents work through our ECMSHP Policy Council to create advocacy tools for the farmworker community, including videos. In October of 2012, migrant farmworker parents whose children attend an East Coast Migrant Head Start Project center developed a farmworker bills of rights. The farmworker bill of rights included many rights that other workers take for granted, such as the right to work for farmers who did not try to deceive OSHA inspectors and the right to access
Daniel Jaime is the Center Director for La Familia Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Center in Florida. This is his experience working with media. La Familia Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Center in Dundee, Florida. On Feb. 18, I received a phone call from John Sarmiento, a news anchor for Telemundo Tampa. Mr. Sarmiento called me because he had heard from a community partner about the wonderful services ECMHSP’s La Familia Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Center provides in Dun