Education: Harvest of Hope

Preschooling for migrant kids

Playful pictures of Sesame Street's Cookie Monster dot the walls, and there are Bert and Ernie dolls to hug. Children frown in concentration as they glue pieces of macaroni to construction paper. An egg carton is converted to a colorful pin wheel.

The brightly painted room at the airy Methodist Church in Palmyra, Wis., resembles any nursery school. But the kids in Palmyra are not the usual class. Their parents are migrant farm workers, mostly Spanish-speaking of Mexican descent, who travel north from Texas to harvest onions in Wisconsin. Their...

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