Julia Smith, Purdue University Fort Wayne
Children of migrant farmworkers are among the most vulnerable in childcare in US. Documented are students' reflective learning about risk and resiliency of farmworker families.
This poster highlights reflective learning in Early Childhood Education. In this assignment for Early Childhood Multilingual Learners, students consider the roles of migrant farmworkers with young children in the industrialized food system of the United States. Drawing from social justice in the food system, students reflect on topics of food insecurity, child labor, language barriers, immigration and other risks that farmworker families with young children face in the labor force. Students also consider resiliency as a factor in farmworker parents’ aspirations for their children and consider the role of family unity as a strength for farmworker families.
Early Childhood Education, Reflective Learning Social Justice
1. Explore topics of vulnerable populations in early childhood education.
2. Practice reflective writing to advocate for families.
3. Learn about challenges and resilience of farmworker families.
Hear it from the author:
Gottlieb, R., & Joshi, A. (2010). Food justice. MIT Press.
Longoria, E., & Romano, R. (Directors). (2010). The Harvest [Film]. Shine
Smith, J., & Cuesta, G. (2020). Hunger in the fields: Food insecurity and
food access among farmworker families in Migrant and Seasonal
Head Start. Journal of Latinos and Education, 19(3), 246-257.