The Title One Migrant Education Program provides supplemental education and supportive services to more than one million eligible children nationally. These services help children of migrant workers overcome the disadvantages they face, including disruption to their education. The Program has been at the Head Start Child & Family Development Center since 1994.
To qualify for the program, a child must be between the ages of 3-21 years of age, moved with a parent/guardian within the past three years across state or school district boundaries and some country boundaries. The parent / guardian of the child’s immediate family should be currently employed in or seeking to obtain temporary or seasonal employment in an agricultural, fishing, or food processing activity.
The program operates a summer school program for six weeks during June and July. Classroom activities and curriculum focus on reading and math. A pre and post assessment are completed in order to show growth during the six-week time period. Students have access to classroom computers with developmentally appropriate software, emphasizing language, reading and math development. Classrooms are staffed with certified teachers. Backpacks and school supplies are provided to participating summer program students to prepare them for the regular school year. Transportation for summer school is provided for each child. Students from Hastings, Harvard, Sutton, Blue Hill, and Juniata attended summer school during the summer of 2015.
The Migrant Program operates after school tutoring for Migrant students at Harvard Public Schools, as well as Lincoln and Alcott Elementary Schools in Hastings. Individual tutoring is offered on an as needed basis.
Parent liaisons complete home visits with migrant families where they provide resources and referrals. Interpretation for children at medical appointments, parent teacher conferences, etc. is provided as needed, as well as transportation on an as needed basis. Literacy materials is given to families in order to encourage literacy in the home.
The Migrant Program collaborates with local public schools in order to ensure that Migrant students receive the best possible education.
The Hastings Migrant Education Program project serves migrant students in the following school districts: Adams Central, Hastings, Kenesaw, Silver Lake, Harvard, Sutton, Clay Center/Sandy Creek, Doniphan-Trumbull, Lawrence/Nelson, Superior, Blue Hill, and Red Cloud.
The Hastings Non-Project includes the following school counties: Blaine, Buffalo, Custer, Dawson, Franklin, Furnas, Garfield, Gosper, Greely, Hall, Hamilton, Harlan, Howard, Kearney, Loup, Phelps, Sherman, Valley, and Wheeler.
Summer Coordinator: Katie Smith