Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart Announces Grant for Redlands Christian Migrant Association

Feb 20, 2009
Press Release

COLLIER—Today Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart announced that the Redlands Christian Migrant Association (RCMA) in Immokalee has received a grant for the Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Program from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

“Over the years, I have watched RCMA expand their services to reach those who most need it,” said Diaz-Balart. “The positive impact of RCMA has been felt not only in our community but also throughout the entire state of Florida.  I appreciate the high quality child care and assistance that families receive at the centers and the professionalism and dedication of the RCMA staff.”  

“This funding allows us to continue services to 1800 migrant children infants, toddlers and preschoolers throughout rural Florida,” said RCMA Executive Director Barbara Mainster.  “And of great importance it means, as a grantee now, we will be able to apply for expansion funding to serve more children in need here in Immokalee.  We are grateful to have been selected.”

For decades, RCMA has provided child care and early education for children of migrant farm workers and rural, low-income families throughout the state of Florida.  It is the largest non-profit child-care provider in the state and serves almost 8,000 children throughout 75 centers in 21 of Florida’s counties.