East Coast Migrant Head Start Project

Hoffman & Facundo Architects has designed over 40 Head Start and Early Head Start Child Care Centers over the past 44 years. Beginning in 1974 with their first commission- to convert an existing badly cared for pair of buildings at the South Dade Labor Camp into the then nascent organization, RCMA's, first ever new center for farmworker children.

Bladen County, North Carolina

Head Start Child Care Centers

H&F's main philosophy in all their Head Start experience is to create not only safe, appropriate, and licensable space but also to make the spaces bright, hopeful, and welcoming. Working mainly with two large central agencies, RCMA, and the East Coast Migrant Head Start Project, H&F has built with conventional construction, modulars, renovated existing buildings, and a combination of all building types.

Head Start Centers are a specialized building type, much different than private sector day care centers, even high end for -profit operations. For one thing, Head Start Centers are not just baby sitting endeavors but a whole panoply that looks at the whole child experience: learning, playing, social and intellectual development. Located in mostly rural areas usually near where farmworkers live, especially the migrant centers which are open for about 6 to 8 months a year, Head Start Centers become more than a place for farmworker children, they become a symbol, a safe place where, unlike in most parts of the United States where they travel, a place that respects their work and family culture. They are a beacon for families that desperately need one.