Child Development Division
UMOS DELIVERS QUALITY EDUCATION AND CHILD CARE
The UMOS Child Development Division provides safe, nurturing and high quality, early childhood education programs with school readiness at the heart of everything we do.
The Child Development Division is comprised of Migrant and Seasonal Head Start and Migrant Child Care. The programs are operated in Wisconsin, Missouri, and soon to be in Arkansas.
MIGRANT AND SEASONAL HEAD START SERVICES: READING, WRITING AND READINESS
Preparing children for school readiness is a central focus of the UMOS Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Program (MSHS). The UMOS Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Program delivers comprehensive and high-quality Head Start services designed to prepare children for school, to prepare families to support their children’s learning, and to prepare schools to be ready for UMOS children. UMOS MSHS views school readiness as children possessing the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary for success in school and for later learning in life.
UMOS operated MSHS programs as the grantee in Wisconsin, Missouri, and Wisconsin District 6, providing early childhood development and education; health, dental, mental health, nutrition, family engagement, and parental involvement services. These services are responsive and appropriate to each child’s and each family’s development, culture, linguistic heritage, and experience.
Services are provided to children 6 weeks through 5 years in a center-based design for 9 to 12 hours daily. During the peak of the harvest, UMOS MSHS has braided funds to also serve children during weekend hours. This additional childcare service allows parents the ability to continue agricultural work extending throughout the weekend while their children are in a safe, nurturing, high-quality early childhood education program and rather than in the fields.
The grantee and District 6 provided Migrant and Seasonal Head Start (MSHS) services to 457 migrant children and their families in Wisconsin and Missouri. There are four Wisconsin grantee MSHS sites located in Amery, Montello, Plymouth and Whitewater.
The Missouri sites are in Malden, Mt. Vernon and Lexington. The total funded enrollment for the Grantee is 257.
UMOS District 6 centers, also in Wisconsin, are in Aurora, Beaver Dam, Plainfield, and Spring Lake District 6 is funded for 159 children.
UMOS promotes parental involvement at each site through parent-teacher conferences, parent groups, and classroom volunteer opportunities. These opportunities help parents gain the confidence and skills necessary to support their child through their educational journey.
Before children enter kindergarten, they would have gained the academic foundation and social skills necessary to succeed.
The MSHS program also serves families and children with limited or no English language proficiency. To support dual
language learners, UMOS provides services to children and families in their home language while introducing English throughout the day. The UMOS dual language program emphasizes learning, talking, and engaging with children in their home languages and cultures as an important part of their classroom day.
The MSHS program serves 10% of its funded enrollment with special needs children. Identifying children with unique
developmental needs, ensuring they receive appropriate and timely services remains a priority. An additional priority is identifying and enrolling families who are homeless or face other unique challenges.
GRANTEE WISCONSIN AND MISSOURI
During the 2018 season, the grantee was unable to meet the funded enrollment. The cumulative enrollment was 210/257
- 3 (2%) pregnant mothers were served,
- 87 (62%) families were below the federal income poverty guidelines.
- 39 (28%) families fell into the 100% to 130% of the poverty guidelines.
- 81 (71.1%) families were below the federal income poverty guidelines.
- 21 (18.4%) families fell into the 100% to 130% of the poverty guidelines.
TOTAL AMOUNT OF PUBLIC AND PRIVATE FUNDS RECEIVED
MIGRANT CHILD CARE PROGRAM
The Migrant Child Care (MCC) Program is funded through the State of Wisconsin’s Department of Children and Families. The program extends or bridges services for un-served/underserved migrant children throughout the state of Wisconsin. The program also collaborates with MSHS to support additional services needed by children outside the Head Start hours.
The MCC program also affords families with avenues for additional child care services when their children are no longer age-eligible for MSHS services. The school-age requirement for MCC is 6 to 12 years of age. MSHS children can be transitioned to MCC when they are 5 years 11 months. UMOS has several licensed centers in Wisconsin that also provide an educational, nurturing and safe environment.
The MCC program’s unique structure has
added service options:
- Early: morning services
- Evening: after hour of the MSHS
- Holiday: Child Care/4th of July, Labor Day
- Saturdays: full-day services based on family needs
- Post: After the MSHS funding has ended
- 6-12 Program: providing services to children ages 6 to 12 that are no longer eligible for MHS Services. Three centers operate from mid-July to the end of August.
- Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).
MIGRANT EDUCATION PROGRAM
UMOS was funded to serve two Migrant Education in 2018. Title I migrant education is a federally-funded program that assists selected local school districts in providing supplemental education services needed by migratory children. The program helps children ages 6 years to out of high school, develop oral and written language, and other communication skills as well continued support to complete their high school education. The program also focuses on reading, mathematics, and other core subjects to improve student achievement. Coordinated supportive services may also be provided. This program was housed at the Berlin and Randolph sites.
UMOS has established school readiness goals that are appropriate for the ages and development of enrolled children in the following domains:
- Approaches to Learning
- Social and Emotional Development
- Language and Literacy
- Perceptual, Motor, and Physical Development
- Parent-teacher conferences and home visits
- Transition and information meeting with a guest kindergarten teacher
- Information packets with school locations, enrollment dates, and open house
- Reading materials on preparing children for the transition
- Field trips to local kindergarten classes
CLASSROOM ASSESSMENT SCORING SYSTEM (CLASS®)
We take pride in meeting the needs of our families while meeting the financial and many other Head Start performance requirements.
DUAL LANGUAGE LEARNERS (DLL)
HEALTH AND DENTAL SERVICES
SPECIAL SERVICES / MENTAL HEALTH / TRANSITION
FARM WORKER APPRECIATION
RESULTS OF THE MOST RECENT REVIEW BY THE SECRETARY AND THE FINANCIAL AUDIT
- Last Delegate Federal Review in 2013: In Compliance
- Last Grantee Federal Review in 2016: In Compliance
- Last Grantee Federal Review in 2017: In Compliance