Migrant and Seasonal Head Start

Who qualifies for services?

Children from birth until age five years old who have not yet attended kindergarten

Families whose primary income comes from agricultural work including:

  • Farming
  • Dairying
  • Processing of commodities

These qualifications are defined by the Head Start Performance Standard.

Families with an income considered “low” by Federal Low Income Guidelines

Supported by the income of the parent(s) or guardian(s) of the participating child; Related to the parent(s) or guardian(s) by blood, marriage, or adoption; The legal guardian, defined as a person “legally responsible for the child”

What is Migrant & Seasonal Head Start (MSHS)?

MSHS is an Early Childhood Education Program for children of migrant and seasonal agricultural workers and their families; dedicated to promoting the success of their children in school and later in life. We offer a comprehensive service program for children and families that includes: Early Childhood Education, Nutrition, and Health & Wellness.

What are considered agricultural activities?

Activities related to the production and harvesting of tree and field crops or supports the crop production such as irrigation, crop protection, and operation of farm machinery are considered agricultural activities.

Production and harvesting of tree and field crops including preparing the soil, planting, cultivation, picking, packing, canning and processing as well as production and harvesting of greenhouse and nursery products also qualify.

What is considered income?

Cash income includes earned income, military income, veteran’s benefits, social security benefits, unemployment compensation, and public assistance benefits

What do I need to bring to have my child eligible for the program?

  • Current and past rent and/or utility bills in the family name 
  • Any legal documentation showing the family’s residency for the past two years 
  • Your child’s current immunization records 
  • Proof of income for the past twelve months (past year) such as: W-2 Forms; Pay Stubs; Verifiable written statements from employers; Current Public Assistance Verification; Unearned income forms such as Child Support, SSI, Unemployment, Military Income, or Veteran’s Benefits

***Priority consideration is available for families who have children with disabilities and may be extended to children of migrant families.***

What is the difference between migrant and seasonal agricultural families?

  • A Migrant Farmworker family is a family that has changed their residency in the past two years for the purpose of working in agricultural activities. 
  • Seasonal Farmworker family is a family who has maintained residency, but that their primary income comes from work related to agriculture.

Want to see if you are eligible for our services? Fill out the form below.

Migrant Seasonal Head Start Pre-Application
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Our Idaho MSHS Centers

El Venadito

815 E. 9th
Weiser, ID 83672
(208) 549-1187
(208) 414-3093 – Fax

Center Coordinator: Maria Negrete

Casa de Colores

317 Happy Day Blvd. Suite 120
Caldwell, ID 83607
(208) 453-3114
(208) 459-0416 -Fax
Center Coordinator: Gloria Betancourt

Felipe Cabral

273 Shoup Ave. West
Twin Falls, ID 83301
(208) 734-8419
(208) 734-9359 – Fax
Regional Service Coordinator:

Manuel Cavazos

555 South 4th East
Aberdeen, ID 83210
(208) 397-4190
(208) 397-4191 – Fax

Center Coordinator: Virginia Villeda


El Castillito

350 G. St.
Idaho Falls, ID 83402
(208) 522-6236
(208) 524-5994 – Fax

Center Coordinator: Aide Erives

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La Adelita – LA Facebook!

22730 Farmway Rd. #112

Caldwell, ID 83605
(208) 459-6536
(208) 459-3140 – Fax

Center Coordinator: Claudia Ramirez


El Arcoiris

3505 Air Base Rd.
Mt. Home, ID 83647
(208) 587-9171
(208) 587-9354 – Fax

Center Coordinator: Maria Gutierrez


Jardin de los Niños

202 14th Ave. East
P.O. Box 327
Gooding, ID 83330
(208) 934-4631
(208) 934-4637 – Fax

Center Coordinator: Rosalinda Macedo


Emiliano Zapata

1319 Normal Ave.
Burley, ID 83318
(208) 678-3288
(208) 677-3241 – Fax

Center Coordinator: Carlos Pazos


La Estrellita

3491 West 81st North
Idaho Falls, ID 83402
(208) 524-1339
(208) 524-1352 – Fax

Regional Service Coordinator: Maria Ojeda