Migrant Seasonal Head Start Program Eligibility Requirements
How do I apply for the MSHS Program?
1. Contact our office to make an appointment to apply for the waitlist.
2. At your waitlist appointment, staff will help you fill out the intake forms to determine eligibility for the program and what is the best service option that would meet the needs of your family (Center based or Family child care).
3. After the application has been completed and verified to ensure all necessary documentation is accurate and authentic, the child is placed on the program waitlist with other applications who have applied for the program. Eligible children will be selected and offered a service option (center or family child care home) from the top of the waitlist and moving down the list until all the eligible children are exhausted or the classroom or provider is full.
4. Staff will make an “enrollment” appointment to meet with parents, to fill out the enrollment paperwork and provide information of all the services the family will be provided.
Information you will need to provide at your waitlist appointment.
- Proof of child’s age (one of the following)
o Birth Certificate
o Medical Record
o Court Documents
o Public Assistance Documentation
- Immunization record for your child
- Moving locations within the last 24 months (if applicable*)
o Must have parents / guardian name and address
o Only need one of the following (*if applicable)
– Utility Bill
– Bank Statement
– Rent Receipt
– Rental Lease Agreement
– Paycheck Stub(s)
– Income tax return
– W2 form
– Copy of IEP or IFSP (*if applicable)
- Family and Court Order Documents (*if applicable)
- Income documentation for the past 12 months (The eligibility for the MSHS program requires 50% of the family’s income must be from agricultural wages)
- Income for both parents needed (*if applicable) The following forms are the forms of documents that can be provided
o Income Tax Report
o W2 Forms
o Pay Check Stubs
o SSI / TANF Documentation
o Child Support Documentation
o Unemployment Statements
o Disability Statements
o Worker’s Compensation
o Written Statement from employer
o Foster Care documentation
If eligibility documentation is missing, staff will assist you with obtaining information from prior employers, landlords, medical offices, etc. if needed. Please bring contact information in order to do so it does not delay the process.
Agricultural work definitions from California Department of Education and the Code of Federal Regulations
Agricultural Work or Agriculture Labor means all services performed:
- on a farm, in the employ of any person, in connection with cultivating the soil, or in connection with the production of processing of any agriculture or horticultural commodity, including the raising, shearing, feeding, caring for, training, and management of livestock, bees, poultry and fur-bearing animals/wildlife;
- in the employ of the operator of a farm, in connection with the operation, management, conservation, improvement, or maintenance of such farm and its tools and equipment, or in salvaging timber or clearing land brush and other debris left by a hurricane;
- in the employ of the operator of a farm in handling, planting, drying, packing, packaging, processing, freezing, canning, grading, storing, or delivering to storage or to market or to a carrier for transportation to market, in its unmanufactured state, any agricultural or horticultural commodity.
The definition of agricultural work is not to be deemed applicable with respect to service performed in connection with any agricultural or horticultural commodity after its delivery to a terminal market for distribution for consumption; or on a farm operated for profit, if such service is not in the course of the employer’s trade or business or is domestic service in a private home of the employer. As used in this subsection, the term “farm” includes stock, dairy, poultry, fruit, fur-bearing animal, and truck farms plantations, ranches, nurseries, ranges, greenhouses, or other similar structures used primarily for the raising of agricultural or horticultural commodities, and orchards.
Agricultural or Horticultural Commodities refers to commodities resulting from the application of agricultural or horticultural techniques. Insofar as the term refers to products of the soil. Meaning, commodities that are planted and cultivated by man. Among such commodities are the following: grain, forage crops, fruits, vegetables, nuts, sugar crops, fiber crops, tobacco, and nursery products. Thus, employees engage in growing wheat, corn, hay, onions, carrots, sugar cane, seed, or any other agricultural or horticultural commodity that is engaged in “agriculture.” In addition to such products of the soil, however, the term includes domesticated animals and some of their products such as milk, wool, eggs, and honey. The term does not include commodities produced by industrial techniques, by exploitation of mineral wealth other natural resources, or by uncultivated natural growth. For example, peat humus or peat moss is not an agricultural commodity.
Examples of Approved Activities:
- Planting, irrigating, tarping, pruning, tying, drafting, cutting, picking, harvesting, transplanting, weeding, budding, trimming, watering, spraying, sorting, drying, cleaning, rolling, stacking, loading of agricultural or horticultural products
- Field, crop, and winery laborers
- Truck, tractor and forklift drivers/machine operator (transporting fruit from field to cold storages, farm labor), Ag. Mechanic
- Box and pallet makers (for the transportation of packed fruit)
- Swampers (clearing of swap trees or undergrowth’ and paths for logging)
- Cooler worker (before market)
- Foreman/ Supervisor (for agricultural workers)
- Packing sheds, green houses
- Dairy and cattle worker
- Commercial Fishing
- Commercial Fishing Packer/Sorter
Examples of Unapproved Activities:
- Gardening, landscaping, or residential tree trimming
- Labor Contractor
- Grocery store work
- Food Preparation