The Migrant Seasonal Head Start (MSHS) provides comprehensive childcare services to children of migrant and seasonal farmworker families. Throughout the State of Washington, there are child development centers, which provide "quality" care for the infant, toddler and preschool child. The childcare program focuses on nutrition, health, parent involvement and all areas of development: social, emotional, cognitive and physical. The age of children in the Migrant Seasonal Head Start program ranges from one month to five years of age.
In the preschool environment "play" is the primary avenue of instruction. Environments are created to encourage exploration and self-initiated learning all the while supported by CDA trained staff. Infant caregivers spend the majority of the day providing nurturing interactions with the very young child in order to assure on-going development. The children in the Migrant Seasonal Head Start child development centers experience many developmentally appropriate opportunities, which enhance and support the early years of child development.
Parents serve on Local Parent Advisory Committees, the State Parent Policy Council, attend parent meetings and volunteer in the classroom. The program operates during the agricultural impaction period to accommodate parental work hours.