Migrant Day Care Program
UMOS continues to operate a state funded Migrant Day Care Program. Since its inception, the migrant day care program has been tailored to address the unique childcare needs of migrant and seasonal farm workers in the State of Wisconsin. The UMOS Migrant Day Care Program has a state-wide network of licensed childcare providers in either center-based program option or certified in-home care providers that deliver quality childcare services throughout Wisconsin. Through this program option, UMOS is funded to provide services to 344 children of migrant and seasonal farm worker families between the ages of six weeks to 12 years of age.
In 2007 UMOS provided services to 343 children through this program. The Migrant Day Care program provides the much needed funding to augment the Migrant Head Start Program by serving as a "wrap around program" for migrant and seasonal Head Start centers.
This program allows Migrant Seasonal Head Start (MSHS)-eligible families the opportunity to receive childcare services prior to the commencement and after the closure of the Migrant Head Start Program. Services are provided indirectly through licensed and/or certified providers and through center-based operations. Extended services during the MSHS operational season can range from 12 to 14 hours, including Saturday services during peak harvest periods. UMOS provides these extended hours through a combination of UMOS operated facilities and childcare operators.