The Migrant Education Program was established in 1966 for the purpose of providing supplemental instructional and/or family support services to migratory families. Any individual between the ages of 0 – 21 years of age who moves from one school district to another, with their parent or guardian, who is seeking temporary or seasonal employment in the agriculture or fishing industries during the last 3 years, may qualify. With the collaboration of the school district, a learner needs assessment is completed for each migrant learner to determine the area of academic and/or social services needs. With the support of Regional Migrant Program staff, learning facilitators provide supplemental services to assigned migrant learners through extended day and summer programs. The Migrant Education Program provides supplemental health and social support services to migrant learners and their families when all other resources have been exhausted. The Migrant Education Program serves as a referral service as it collaborates with the community resource agencies in providing information and/or services to the identified migrant family.
Migrant Education Program (MEP)-Title I, Part C
The Migrant Education Program (MEP) authorized under Part C of Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended. The statutory purposes of the MEP set forth in Section 1301 are to:
1. Support high-quality and comprehensive educational programs for migrant children to help reduce the educational disruption and other problems that result from repeated moves;
2. Ensure that migrant children who move among the States are not penalized in any manner by disparities among the States in curriculum, graduation requirements, and State academic content and student academic achievement standards;
3. Ensure that migrant children are provided with the appropriate educational services (including supportive services) that address their special needs in a coordinated and efficient manner;
4. Ensure that migrant children receive full and appropriate opportunities to meet the same challenging State academic content and student academic achievement standards that all children are expected to meet;
5. Design programs to help migrant children overcome educational disruption, cultural and language barriers, social isolation, various health-related problems, and other factors that inhibit the ability of such children to do well in school, and to prepare such children to make a successful transition to postsecondary education or employment; and
6. Ensure that migrant children benefit from State and local systemic reforms.
The goal of the Migrant Education Program is to ensure that all migrant learners reach challenging academic standards and graduate with a high school diploma (or complete a GED) that prepares them for responsible citizenship, further learning, and productive employment.