By Richard Bammer
It was midafternoon at the Dixon Migrant Child Development Center and Elvia Nunez, a master teacher of 27 years, watched over nearly two dozen preschoolers, ages 2 1/2 to 5, napping on mats.
Soothing instrumental music, at a barely audible volume, seeped out of speakers in the darkened classroom, the shades drawn to ward off bright summer sun at the aging Radio Station Road migrant camp, a somewhat drab complex of former U.S. Navy housing and the center, a small, beige-colored single-story school with an adjacent portable classroom.
Enrolled in the Migrant Education Program, they account for one-quarter of the 87 students, infants to sixth-graders, who this year are attending the center from April to October. They are children of migrant farmworkers who, for minimum wages, till, plant and tend eastern Solano County’s vast agricultural lands, then harvest its crops: tomatoes, corn, grapes, sunflowers, among them.