English Language Learning

Migrant Education Program Overview

Program Purpose

The Migrant Education Program (MEP) is a federally funded program authorized under Title I, Part C, of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).

The purpose of the MEP is to:

Eligible Children

Trained recruiters interview families to determine each child's eligibility for the Migrant Education Program. To qualify for the program a migrant child must have moved within the last three years across state or school district lines with a parent or guardian or on his/her own to obtain qualifying temporary or seasonal work in agriculture or fishing. Qualifying work must be directly related to (1) planting, harvesting or processing of crops, dairy products, poultry or livestock or (2) catching or processing of fish or shellfish. Children and youth through the age of 21 who have not graduated from high school may be eligible.

Priority for Services

Eligible migrant children must receive priority for service if they:


Funds may be used for supplemental educational and ancillary services for migrant children including preschool programs, summer school, tutorial support during the regular school year, and secondary services to help high school students graduate. Other activities include identification and recruitment of students, student record exchange and information transfer with other states, health services, parent involvement initiatives and professional development for school personnel.