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Early Childhood Education

The National Institute for Literacy states that exposure to early reading and writing skill development for a child from birth to age 5 is strongly correlated with successful reading and writing skills in later elementary grade levels and beyond.4 It is also well documented in the Early Literacy Newsletter that children who are read to daily and are given an opportunity to respond to what is read have a higher probability of developing stronger literacy skills.5

MEP staff are encouraged to guide parents of children ages 3-5 not enrolled in Pre-K or Kindergarten to enroll their children in an early childhood program that will help in the children’s academic, social, and emotional development. However, it is important to encourage coordination with other entities before migrant-funded support is provided. Some early childhood programs include, but are not limited to, the following:

Early Head Start and Head Start Programs

These need-based programs promote school readiness for children five and under from low-income families. Since these programs...

Motivation, Education, & Training, Inc. (MET, Inc.)

This private, non-profit corporation helps rural communities in Texas, Louisiana, North Dakota, Minnesota, and Wyoming with family...

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...

Other Early Childhood and School Readiness Parent Training Sessions (Provided by Donna ISD)

Migrant educators and/or early childhood specialists present migratory parents with developmentally appropriate school readiness resources...

4 National Institute for Literacy, Developing Early Literacy-Report of the National Early Literacy Panel. (National Center for Family Literacy, 2008), accessed August 2, 2020,
5 Early Literacy. Family and Community Engagement Research Compendium. (Teacher Scholastic, accessed November 25, 2019),