Maira Areguin, 2021 SAF intern
East Coast Migrant Head Start Program
There is no typical day at the East Coast Migrant Head Start Project (ECMHSP) office in Charleston, SC.
We arrive at 8:30AM and settle into our cubicles.
Usually, Ms. Dana has already started her day and is in and out of meetings in her office.
Following our arrival Michael zooms in, usually on the phone with a parent of one of our Head Start Center’s students. He quickly makes a beeline for the coffee pot.
I can never tell when Elizabeth has arrived at the office, but before I know it she is making calls, completing paperwork, and organizing schedules.
Ms. Sandra arrives with her lunch and tote bags in hand and makes her way to her office where she makes plans and has calls with teachers from ECMHSP centers all over South Carolina.
Alison is usually the last to arrive at the office, but only because she has made a pit stop at one of the head start centers to help the folks there before arriving in Charleston.
The only thing that is typical about our days is that everyone has started working before they set foot in the office because everyone is committed to providing the children of migrant workers with a stellar education. There is no typical day at our office because there is no one way to work with migrant farmworkers. The nature of migrant work is ever-evolving so the folks who want to serve them are always ready to adapt to the needs of their clients.