The children of local agricultural workers, as well as, migrant and seasonal farm workers, from eight weeks old until school age, receive Migrant and Seasonal Head Start services in eleven Agri-Business Child Development Centers serving the following counties: Cayuga, Chautauqua, Columbia, Dutchess, Erie, Genesee, Greene, Monroe, Niagara, Onondaga, Ontario, Orange, Orleans, Oswego, Seneca, Ulster, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates.
Migrant Agricultural Workers Eligibility Requirements:
- The family falls within the current Office of Head Start Poverty Guidelines.
- The family has moved within the last two years for the purpose of seeking crop-related agricultural employment. The move must, at the least, involve a change of county, and the previous job must have been in eligible agriculture work.
- The family earned 51% or more of its yearly gross income from predominantly agricultural work or is currently working in agriculture 51% or more of the time.
- Unless disabled, all adults in the household must be employed or enrolled in school/vocational training.
Seasonal Agricultural Workers Eligibility Requirements:
- The same requirements as for migrant, however, the family has not moved for the purpose of seeking crop-related agricultural employment.
Local Agricultural Workers Eligibility Requirements:
- The family falls within the current Agri-Business Child Development Income Eligibility Guidelines based on 200% of the poverty level.
- The family is settled in the local area.
- One parent works in agriculture, dairy, food processing, or other related agricultural work.
- Unless disabled, all adults in the household must be employed or enrolled in school or vocational training.
For all programs, each center utilizes a system of points, in accordance with the Head Start Performance Standards, to ensure that the neediest of the eligible families receive services.