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A Bright Beginning (ABB) Early Childhood Program

This migrant-funded program is specifically for migratory children ages 3-5 not enrolled in Pre-K or Kindergarten. The intent of this program is to develop the skills of the parent to support the early literacy needs of the child, since the parent is the child’s first teacher. A trained ABB educator will offer one-hour weekly lessons either individually to a migratory child in the home (Home-based Program), or in a group setting at a center designated by the district (Center-based Program). Lessons may be offered during the summer months as well as during the school year.

Note: For information on how to implement an ABB Program in your district, contact the ESC MEP staff in your region.


ABB Home-based Program:

When a migratory child is identified in the district and not attending Pre-K or Head Start, an ABB home educator or MEP staff member will schedule an appointment with the parents to explain the program; encourage them to allow their child’s participation; and, if the parents accept, enroll the child in the ABB home-based program.

The ABB home educator will schedule a day and time convenient for the parent every week to work with both the child and the parent on the ABB curriculum lessons.

The child will be assessed at the beginning of the program and at the end of the year to monitor progress.



ABB Center-based Program:

When a migratory child is identified in the district and not attending Pre-K or Head Start, an ABB home educator or MEP staff member will schedule an appointment to speak to migratory parents about the center-based program; encourage them to allow their child’s participation; and, if the parents accept, enroll the child in the ABB center-based program.

The child will participate in a group setting with other children at a specified time during the week in a location designated by the district.

The child will be assessed at the beginning of the program and at the end of the year to monitor progress.



ABB Parent Meetings:

Monthly ABB meetings are provided for parents of children served by the program to encourage them to be more involved with the academics of the program, to build relationships with other parents, and to supplement the ABB activities. It is also important to consider inviting community stakeholders to attend and present information at these meetings to help inform parents of other services and agencies in the community that offer additional assistance to their children and families.

Sample Steps to Organize an ABB Parent Meeting (Provided by Hereford ISD)

  • MEP staff meet to determine a timeline for scheduled meetings and topics in reference to the development of kindergarten readiness skills.
  • ABB educators research additional supplemental resources such as hands-on craft activities pertaining to the current season and consider guest speakers on specific topics (Medicaid, medical/dental services, etc.).
  • Secure a location for the meeting.
  • Determine whether there is a need for transportation and plan to meet that need.
  • Make plan for providing snacks and refreshments.
  • Create an agenda, Power Point presentation, and handouts to be distributed. A brochure for Kindergarten readiness with resources and strategies will also need to be prepared to distribute to the parents.
  • Send parents an invitation a month in advance and provide weekly reminders.
  • Disseminate information to parents not able to attend the meeting. (The information may be mailed to parents or provided at the next parent meeting.)