Head Start, Early Head Start and Migrant Head Start are comprehensive child-development programs that serve children from birth to age 5, pregnant women and their families.
The programs strive to increase the school readiness of young children in low-income families.
Among the more than 7,000 children served annually by RCMA, approximately:
Key to the success of RCMA in preparing young children for public school is its mission to hire staff and teachers from the communities served. Most of our staff is bilingual, and many are former migrant farm workers, including our Migrant Head Start program manager.
Head Start nationally evolved from a task force recommendation in 1964 for the development of a federally sponsored preschool program to meet the needs of disadvantaged children, Head Start now offers programs geared for children 3 to 5 years old. Early Head Start provides programs for infants and toddlers, newborns to 3 years.
Responding to the unique season needs of migrant farm workers, Migrant and Seasonal Head Start was created in 1969 and serves newborns to 5 year olds.
Head Start is a program within the Administration on Children, Youth and Families in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which awards grants to RCMA to provide these services.