Migrant Education Program (MEP)

What is the Migrant Education Program?

It is a national program that provides supplemental education and support services to eligible migrant children to help them overcome the educational disruptions and disadvantages they face.

The Migrant Education Program grew out of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 which became Title I of Public Law 89-10. Congress recognized migrant children as a disadvantaged group whose high mobility and unique lifestyles created severe educational needs, thus the Migrant Education Program was established separately by an amendment to Title I in 1966. This law was reauthorized in 1981 by Chapter 1 of the Education Consolidation and Improvement Act, and later in 1988, under Public Law 100-297. In 1994, Congress reauthorized ESEA by passing the Improving America's Schools Act, Public Law 102-387. The Migrant Education Program is currently authorized under Title I, Part C of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, Public Law 107-110.

Oregon's children of migrant farm workers face a myriad of academic, health and social challenges due to their mobile lifestyle. For many of them, English is a second, and sometimes third, language. The dropout rate is high. In many cases the migrant student also contributes to the family's economic well-being by working or by caring for younger brothers and sisters while the parents are at work.

Some of the services provided include 24-hour accident insurance, supplemental academic support, advocacy, preschool program, summer school, parent involvement activities, limited support services, and a state and national student database system. Children enrolled in the program automatically qualify for the school free meal program.


Obdulia (Abby) Munoz
Lead Recruiter & Parent Liaison