Head Start program for migrant families comes to Lafayette

East Coast Migrant Head Start Project is opening a center in Lafayette. The program provides free childcare services to children of migrant and seasonal workers.

Posted: Jun 9, 2021 7:59 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - East Coast Migrant Head Start Project is opening a location at the Jefferson Centre at 619 N. 9th Street in Lafayette. They'll provide childcare services to the children of migrant and seasonal workers.

Migrant and seasonal workers will soon be preparing for harvesting season. For those who are traveling across the country for work, it can be difficult to know reliable and safe places for their children to stay while they're at work. Sometimes there's nowhere to turn, according to family health coordinator for East Coast Migrant Rosalinda De La Torre.

"So these children are being taken to the fields, and so that's why we come in to provide those services so that those children are not out in the heat with their parents while their parents are working in the field," De La Torre said.

De La Torre says safe and affordable childcare is crucial for parents who work long hours in the fields.

"The families have a need for this type of service because we not only provide care for the children, we provide educational services we provide nutrition services," De La Torre said.

East Coast Migrant Head Start Project is funded through grants from the U.S. Department of Heath and Human Services. Because of this, they can provide their services for free. State Representative Chris Campbell says the need for these workers is real in Lafayette.

"I think it's going to be a great contribution to our community. We have a very large migrant population that comes to help at our factories and our farms especially during the summer months," Campbell said.

When they come, with the new head start project, they'll have a safe option for their children.

"They come from somewhere else so they're in a community where you know they can really identify with the care that they're receiving and get that specialized treatment that they need," Campbell

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