ERIC Number: ED175583
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: N/A
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An Opportunity to Choose.
Texas Migrant Council, Inc., Laredo.
Since 1969 a bright yellow van with "Texas Migrant Council" painted on the side has symbolized hope for progress for thousands of Texas migrants. The van itself is a mobile school that follows migrant families out of their home base state of Texas to northern labor camps each summer. It brings with it books, teachers, health care, hot food and programs for the children and adults. The van also symbolizes a wide variety of services waiting back home. Besides the mobile Head Start program for children up to 5 years of age, the Council offers a Home Start program to train parents in remote areas in teaching their young children the same skills taught in a Head Start Program. The Teen Start program offers recreation, counseling, tutoring and job placement at eight centers. The Manpower Program helps migrants learn skills for better paying occupations, pays them wages for learning, and finds them jobs. Alcoholism projects, drug avoidance campaigns, child abuse prevention, educational television series, and coordination with outside agencies are among the other services offered. For the quarter million migrant families living in the Texas Lower Rio Grande Valley, the Council brings options few have ever had before of self help, social advancement, and the opportunity to choose. (Author/DS)
Descriptors: Agency Role, Alcoholism, Child Abuse, Early Childhood Education, Educational Programs, Employment Opportunities, Health Services, Job Training, Mexican Americans, Migrant Adult Education, Migrant Children, Migrant Education, Migrant Programs, Migrant Workers, Migrant Youth, Mobile Educational Services, Parent Participation, Program Descriptions, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Migrant Council, Inc., Laredo.
Identifiers: Project Head Start; Texas Migrant Council