ERIC Number: ED334059
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Identification and Recruitment (ID&R) of Preschoolers. Burning Issues [Series].
San Diego County Office of Education, CA.; National Preschool Coordination Project, San Diego, CA.
Improving identification and recruitment of preschool migrant children is one of the goals of the Preschool Coordination Project. Migrant recruiters may be failing to identify preschool-aged children because they believe there are no services for them. However, although federal regulations do not mandate services for every identified migrant child, they do fund on the basis of total number of identified children. Infants that are signed up when found will automatically generate funding on their third birthday. Failure to enroll preschool children may limit funding for the most needy and eliminate the option of serving preschoolers should circumstances change. To locate preschoolers, recruiters must visit migrant housing, shopping areas, churches, and other community gathering places. Coordination with other agencies, childcare programs, and migrant employers may also be helpful. Charting enrollment by age on a bar graph will indicate whether preschool enrollment is as high as other grades and whether young children are being overlooked by recruiters. Recruiters must avoid making assumptions about what migrants are like. Migrant status is not dependent on or affected by wealth, membership in a particular ethnic group, a move to live with non-migrants, or generation (children of migrant children may qualify). This information packet includes a sample enrollment bar graph and information about the Migrant Student Record Transfer System (MSRTS). (SV)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento. Office of Migrant Education.
Authoring Institution: San Diego County Office of Education, CA.; National Preschool Coordination Project, San Diego, CA.