Migrant Head Start Programs


Migrant Head Start is a child development program serving farm worker children and their families in the Coachella and Imperial valleys (Riverside and Imperial counties) through family child care homes (FCCH) and center based services. The program is funded through a Department of Health and Human Services’ Head Start Office federal grant.

Who We Serve

  • Children of migrant & seasonal workers
  • Ages six weeks through five years
  • Families traveling from one location to another in search of work in agriculture
  • Brawley, Calexico, El Centro, Mecca, and Thermal areas (FCCH services provided at all locations)

The term “Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Program” means:

  1. With respect to services for migrant farm workers, a Head Start program that serves families who are engaged in agricultural labor and who have changed in their residence from one geographical location to another in the preceding two year period; and
  2. With respect to services for seasonal farm workers, a Head Start program that service families who are engaged primarily in seasonal agricultural labor and who have not changed their residence to another geographic location in the preceding two year period. (Head Start Act, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 9801 et seq. 10/27/98)

Program Goals

MHS’s overall goal is to promote school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children of low income families through the provision of health, educational, transportation, nutritional, social, emotional, family engagement, and other services based on family needs assessments. Recruitment and enrollment of children with disabilities is a major priority.

Ten percent of enrollment opportunities are for children with disabilities. In addition, up to ten percent of enrollment may be children from over-income families. The MHS includes strong community and parent involvement through the local Parent Committees, the MHS Policy Council, and many other community volunteers.

We encourage self-sufficiency, growth and independence for children and families within their communities. To maximize effectiveness, we foster innovative practices and collaboration as well as encourage acceptance and respect for diversity.

Mission Statement

RCOE Migrant Head Start in partnership with parents and community partners facilitates access to comprehensive services for eligible farmworker children and their families. We provide a foundation for early childhood education, parental awareness and training of child health, growth and development. And ensures an environment of responsive care giving that leads towards school-readiness.

Program Fees

  • No fees for eligible families
  • Income eligibility based on the Federal Government’s Poverty Guidelines

Program Locations

Services provided through Family Child Care Home (FCCH) are provided at all locations

  • Brawley Center
    1455 East Magnolia
    Brawley, CA  92227
    (760) 344-9083
  • Calexico Center
    1120 East 7th Street
    Calexico, CA  92231
    (760) 768-3500
  • El Centro Center
    375 South 1st Street
    El Centro, CA  92243
    (760) 337-3940
  • Mecca Center
    62-900 Lincoln Avenue, Suite P
    Mecca, CA  92254
    (760) 863-3350
  • Thermal Center
    87-220 Church Street
    Thermal, CA 92274
    (760) 399-1820

Main Office

  • El Centro MHS Office
    370 Aurora Drive
    El Centro, CA  92243
    Phone:  (760) 337-1555  /  FAX:  [760] 337-1478