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Central California Migrant/Seasonal Head Start, Santa Cruz

Treasures of the Library Discovered by Farm Worker Families

Our program served 165 children this year, providing childcare for babies, toddlers and preschoolers in local family childcare homes while their parents work in the strawberry fields.

Migrant Head Start also organizes monthly workshops to engage parents in their children's education and to introduce families to community resources.

Child with library book bag in front of sculpture.

Each child leaves with their first library card, their first borrowed book and a special bag to keep the books safe.



Mother standing holding hand of her child.

For many farmworker families, this is their first visit to the library.



Fathers listen attentively.

After a long day working in the fields, fathers listen attentively while the librarian explains the many resources available for the parents in the Watsonville library.




Father watches his child.

A young Dad attentively watches his toddler during story time.



Families listen.

The whole family gets a tour of the children's section and discover that there are special programs for the older, school age children.


Central California Migrant/Seasonal Head Start is recruiting volunteers to help children practice speaking and understanding English. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Maria Castro.


Santa Cruz County Office of Education  |  400 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060  |  831.466.5600  |  Fax: 831.466.5607
The Santa Cruz County Office of Education provides quality educational programs and services to a diverse community.