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Educational Services Division

Paper Gardens Bloom at the COE


Art work
Art work

Central California Migrant/Seasonal Head Start provides childcare to over 800 babies, toddlers and preschoolers at 90 family childcare homes, while their parents work in the strawberry and raspberry fields in Watsonville.

Providers plan monthly study topics to add variety and a focus to their daily activities with young migrant children. Typically they rely on books, puzzles, & flannel boards to illustrate their study topic. This year we're hoping to add creative, open-ended art projects to reinforce the concepts they are learning and to stimulate children's vocabulary.

The popular children's books, "Planting a Rainbow" and "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Lois Ehlert were read and displayed to inspire teachers to create colorful, 3 dimensional art that reflect the theme of gardens.

Susan Freeman holds up collage

Susan Freeman, MA, a local Lecturer from the Stanford Teacher Education Program taught family childcare providers how to widen their repertoire of art activities.



Couple displays art work

Providers display Paper Garden art work.



Susan Freeman with books

Susan Freeman with books used in presentation.



Providers working on paper collages

Susan Freeman demonstrated to the providers the skills and ideas children learn from the simple process of creating thoughtful collages.


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.