The Migrant Education Program is a Federal Funded Program, under Title 1, Part C, that provides educational and support services to eligible migratory children each year. The services help children of migrant workers overcome the disadvantages they may face including inadequate living spaces, low incomes, interruption to their education, etc.
Who is a Migrant Child?
- A child under the age of 22
- A child lacking a U.S. issued high school diploma or Certificate of High School Equivalency
- A child with an immediate family member who is, or they themselves are, a qualifying migratory agricultural worker or migratory fisher who has moved for work in the last 36 months
- A child that has moved for economic necessity in the last 36 months
The goal of the Migrant Education Program is to ensure that migratory children have access to high quality, comprehensive instructional and support services that enable them to meet the same challenging state performance standards that all children are expected to meet.
As a result of migrancy, migrant students generally achieve lower passing rates on Reading and Math assessments compared with non-migrant students, Hispanic students, English learners, and economically disadvantaged students. Due to mobility, preschool aged migrant students have lower participation rates in programs and services and secondary migrant students have lower graduation rates.