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Migrant education program

The Migrant Education Program (MEP) is funded through Title I, Part C of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 and awarded through the Office of Language, Culture, and Equity in the Colorado Department of Education.

The Migrant Education Program provides supplemental and support services to eligible students. The primary purpose of the MEP is to ensure that all migrant students 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. The MEP ensures that children of migratory farm workers have access to the same free, appropriate public school education that is provided to other children. It seeks to remove barriers to school enrollment, attendance, and achievement of migrant children.


Eligibility:

Children between 0 and 21 years of age, who have not received a high school diploma or its equivalent, have moved from one school district to another in the past 3 years with their parent or guardians, whose parents guardians, spouses, or selves have moved to obtain or seek seasonal or temporary work in agricultural production or fisheries that provides a principal means of livelihood for the worker and family are eligible for the program.


Benefits of the migrant education program include:
•Collaboration to help families communicate with teachers, administrators and school staff
•Support in enrolling children in school and helping them succeed
•Assistance in understanding school policy, requirements and forms
•Collaboration to help families communicate with teachers, administrators and school staff
•School supplies and books when available
•Registration costs for students to attend conferences, workshops, and trainings
•Medical, dental and mental health care as available
•Family events such as the Outstanding Migrant Students and High School Graduation Celebration, Spring and Summer Youth Leadership Institutes and the Christmas Fiesta.
•Parent involvement opportunities such as training at local parent meetings on assisting children with homework, understanding school policies and procedures
•Eligibility for free meals at school
•Information and referral to community agencies that provide assistance with food, clothing, health, dental, legal issues, housing, employment, and other social services
•Participation in the Binational Migrant Education Program (BMEP). The BMEP provides coordination between schools in the U.S. and Mexico to help binational students enroll in school and accrue credits for school work completed in each country. This program provides students their grades, so they may enroll in school when they return to Mexico and have their credits accepted and an appropriate educational placement made. This document is also used for students returning to the United States from Mexico to assist in their educational placement.
•Access to the National Migrant Education Hotline (1-800.234.8848) provides educational assistance to migrant farm worker children.

Elda Sauer Migrant Education Student Advocate