East Coast Migrant Head Start Project (ECMHSP) is a private, non-profit corporation that has provided high-quality and comprehensive Head Start services to farmworker families for more than 30 years. Currently, ECMHSP is funded to serve over 3,000 Migrant and Seasonal Head Start eligible children in Head Start centers located from Lake Okeechobee, Florida to Lake Erie, Pennsylvania. ECMHSP also is funded to serve another 88 Early Head Start eligible migrant farmworker children in Hamilton County, Manatee County, and Hardee County, Florida.
ECMHSP is committed to preparing the children of migrant and seasonal farm workers for success. We do this by providing holistic, high-quality early childhood education services for children and families in a nurturing, culturally-sensitive environment, and by providing services and advocating for children and families in their other areas of need.
What makes ECMHSP truly special is our ability to overcome the many challenges we face to meet the unique needs of Migrant and Seasonal Head Start eligible children and their families. Farmworker families:
- are mobile.
- live in hard-to-reach rural areas.
- earn extremely low wages.
- and work long hours every day.
Oftentimes, farmworker families depend on our centers to provide healthcare services and treatments, transportation costs, and nutritious meals for their children. Every dollar is carefully allocated to ensure as many children as possible are enrolled to receive high-quality and comprehensive Head Start services. Investing comprehensively in our children leaves limited funds to spend on furniture and materials in our classrooms.
To learn more about our organization and the families we serve, please visit us at: