LaShundra Weeks is the Center Director for the Parksley Migrant Head Start Center in Virginia. This is her experience at the center’s opening day.
The secret to success is planning.
Parents came to the center before opening day for orientation and to meet teachers.
After much planning and preparation, ECMHSP’s Parksley Head Start Center, located on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, finally opened its doors on June 28, for yet another season.
In this region, migrant farm laborers work alongside local, seasonal farmworkers to harvest the hand-picked crops.
The Parksley center staff conducted a parent orientation the day before opening. The orientation allowed parents to get familiarized with the Head Start services being provided, as well as affording an opportunity for parents to tour the center. Parents are also able to meet their child’s teacher to create a personal connection.
On opening day the teachers were eager and anticipating the children’s arrival with numerous of shared activities planned.
Family Service Coordinator Jose Ramos greeting a child on the first day.
Our Migrant and Seasonal Head Start program provides a range of services in areas of education and early childhood development; medical, dental, and mental health; parent involvement; and family support services.
Staff at the Parksley Center is looking forward to developing trusting, caring and supportive relationships with our children and families this season.
For more information on the services provided by ECMHSP’s Migrant and Seasonal Head Start program and centers near you, please visit our website: www.ecmhsp.org
Children are able to learn and play in our Parksley Head Start Center.