Education has been long established as a fundamental right for all in the United States. Yet immigrant children and children in immigrant families face challenges such as barriers to enrollment, language access issues, and fears related to immigration enforcement.
Migrant and Seasonal Head Start programs provide care and support for farmworker families to help meet their unique needs. Every farmworker family should have access to these programs, but they are drastically underfunded and, as a result, only reach a small portion of eligible families.
In July 2023, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) addressed the issue of low community participation in rulemaking with a memorandum encouraging federal agencies to look for “meaningful and equitable” opportunities for public input.
With the expiration of the Keep Kids Fed Act of 2022, meal security is once again under threat for young children in many ways, including for family child care homes that participate in the Child and Adult Food Care Program.