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New Year. New Beginnings. New Blog.

Dear Reader,

2016 promises to be a year of growth and innovation at East Coast Migrant Head Start Project! We started the year by launching our redesigned website, which provides a more user-friendly experience and features updated information about our organization. We want our community to look to our website as a destination point for early childhood education resources, success stories from our centers, and ways to get involved with our important work. Today, we are taking the next step in amplifying our voice on behalf of the farmworker families we serve. It is most fitting to launch the ECMHSP blog on the eve of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

This weekend, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be remembered and celebrated for his tireless work for civil rights and equality. Founder of the United Farm Workers and civil rights leader Cesar Chavez shared how during his first fast in 1968, Dr. King reminded him of how the farmworker struggle was his struggle too. Through a telegram sent to Chavez, King wrote: “Our separate struggles are really one. A struggle for freedom, for dignity, and for humanity.”

The farmworker struggle continues today, and as part of the ECMHSP mission, it is our commitment to prepare the children of migrant and seasonal farmworkers for success. In order to create meaningful change in the farmworker community, it is not enough for us to provide high-quality Head Start services to our families; we must also do our part to help amplify their voices. Through this blog, we will share news from our centers and the families we serve along the Eastern shore, as well as provide updates from the Nation’s Capital that affect the farmworker community and our services.

There is a number of ways you can show your support of the farmworker families we serve.

  1. Follow our blog to stay up to date with the latest ECMHSP news and action alerts. You can help us raise awareness on the pressing issues in the farmworker community.

  2. Volunteer your time or professional services. The value of volunteer services is an integral and necessary part of the program as well as the communities that we serve. Check for the ECMSHP center in your area here.

  3. Consider making a tax-deductible donation. Your gift offers immediate resources that are directed to the current needs of our families.

The leadership of civil rights leaders, such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., inspires us to advocate on behalf of and respond to the needs of our farmworker families, not just on this commemorative weekend, but daily through our labor of love. We are looking forward to see where this year of growth of innovation leads us, and we hope you’ll join us for the exciting journey.

Sincerely, Dr. Jose S. Villa Chief Executive Officer at East Coast Migrant Head Start Project

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