Francheska Machain is already in school, and she’s only 3-years-old.
She’s part of a unique program that helps educate young children whose parents are migrant workers.
Migrant workers travel a certain part of the year to get work, normally in the agricultural industry.
Because of this lifestyle, many kids are forced to go to school in two different schools throughout the year.
“The migrant population is at a higher risk of dropping out because of the high mobility. going to different states and different curriculums, different standards,” said Jose Flores, director the Migrant Program at Texas’ La Joya Independent School District.
The program gets 3-year-olds ahead of the learning curve.
Students learn math, science, social studies and dual language.
“There are some that are all Spanish, but at the end of the year they come out speaking English, so it is a really good program because we actually teach in both languages,” says teacher Martha Arechiga.
The migrant program is going on at six elementary schools in the La Joya School District, but administrators say there is plenty of room for more.