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In the Field: Tending Tomorrow’s Blooms with Migrant Head Start

MCNYesterday, Migrant Clinicians Network’s Juliana Simmons, MSPH, CHES, Environmental and Occupational Health Program Manager presented on MCN’s Protecting Children While Parents Work project in Virginia. The presentation was one part of the 2016 National Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Association’s biannual meeting, with the theme, “Cultivating Minds and Hearts - Tending Tomorrow's Blooms.”

“I talked about risks children face when they accompany their parents to work. I also outlined strategies for finding common ground with industry leaders, like best practices and messaging approaches, that we have been studying throughout the project to address the issue of farmworker children lacking safe childcare options,” Simmons said. “It is always an honor to talk to farmworker parents and Head Start providers from around the country to learn about their experiences, challenges, and successes.” The interactive conference session allowed attendees to share their stories and learn from each other’s collaborations with area growers and how those relationships affect the success of Head Start programs.

MCNProtecting Children While Parents Work is in its second year of the five-year outreach project, which is a collaboration between MCN and National Children’s Center for Rural Agricultural Health and Safety. Learn more about the project on MCN’s Environmental and Occupational Health Initiatives page.

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