Additonal Resources

This section lists organizations, outside the U.S. Department of Education (ED), with missions related to providing services for migratory children.


Stanford University's Understanding Language initiative launched a set of new, open source mathematics materials designed for teachers of English Learners (ELs). Designed to illustrate how the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics can be used for ELL instruction. Materials cover three grade spans (elementary, middle and high school) and include Principles for Mathematics Instruction and Guidelines for Design of Mathematics Instruction and Materials, together with templates for teachers to design their own tasks to support mathematics learning and language development for ELs.

USDA Office of Advocacy and Outreach

Through coordination and collaboration, the Office of Advocacy and Outreach works across USDA to enhance access to services for the communities we serve.

> Improving the viability and profitability of small and beginning farmers and ranchers
> Improving access to USDA programs for historically underserved communities
> Improving agricultural opportunities for farm workers
> Closing the professional achievement gap by providing opportunities to talented and diverse young people to support the agricultural industry in the 21st century

USDA Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

USDA has a long history of working with faith-based and community organizations to help those in need, by providing federal assistance through domestic nutrition assistance programs, international food aid, rural development opportunities, and natural resource conservation. The Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships is instrumental in working with community partners, faith-based and secular, to reach people in need throughout our country.

USDA Child Nutrition Programs

The Child Nutrition Programs provide healthy, nutritious meals and snacks to the Nation’s children. Through the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program, school children have access to healthy meals. Through the Special Milk Program, school children who do not have access to other meal programs can supplement their day with a serving of milk. Through the Child and Adult Care Food Program, children in child care settings have access to healthy meals and snacks. Day care centers and home day care providers can participate in the programs. Through the Summer Food Service Program, children are provided healthy meals during those times when school is closed for the summer.

USDA Hispanic-Serving Institutions National Program

The Hispanic-Serving Institutions Education Grants Program promotes and strengthens the ability of Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs) to carry out education programs that attract outstanding students and produce graduates capable of enhancing the nation's food and agricultural scientific and professional work force. Projects may involve individual institutions, consortia of HSIs, or cooperative initiatives between two or more HSIs or with other colleges and universities, units of government, or the private sector.

USED Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program (McKinney-Vento)

Among other things, the program supports an office for coordination of the education of homeless children and youths in each state, which gathers comprehensive information about homeless children and youths and the impediments they must overcome to regularly attend school. These grants also help SEAs ensure that homeless children, including preschoolers and youths, have equal access to free and appropriate public education (FAPE). States must review and revise laws and practices that impede such equal access. States are required to have an approved plan for addressing problems associated with the enrollment, attendance, and success of homeless children in school. States must make competitive subgrants to LEAs to facilitate the enrollment, attendance, and success in school of homeless children and youths. This includes addressing problems due to transportation needs, immunization and residency requirements, lack of birth certificates and school records, and guardianship issues.

National Center for Homeless Education

USED Office of English Language Acquisition

The mission of the Office of English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement for Limited English Proficient Students (OELA) is to:

    > Provide national leadership to help ensure that English language learners and immigrant students attain English proficiency and achieve academically and,
    > Assist in building the nation's capacity in critical foreign languages.

USED Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP)

This discretionary grant program is designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. GEAR UP provides six-year grants to states and partnerships to provide services at high-poverty middle and high schools. GEAR UP grantees serve an entire cohort of students beginning no later than the seventh grade and follow the cohort through high school. GEAR UP funds are also used to provide college scholarships to low-income students.

GEAR UP offers state and partnership grants. State grants are competitive six-year matching grants that must include both an early intervention component designed to increase college attendance and success and raise the expectations of low-income students and a scholarship component. Partnership grants are competitive six-year matching grants that must support an early intervention component and may support a scholarship component designed to increase college attendance and success and raise the expectations of low-income student.

USED Title I, Part A

This program provides financial assistance to local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools with high numbers or high percentages of poor children to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards. Federal funds are currently allocated through four statutory formulas that are based primarily on census poverty estimates and the cost of education in each state.

1. Basic Grants provide funds to LEAs in which the number of children counted in the formula is at least 10 and exceeds 2 percent of an LEA's school-age population.

2. Concentration Grants flow to LEAs where the number of formula children exceeds 6,500 or 15 percent of the total school-age population.

3. Targeted Grants are based on the same data used for Basic and Concentration Grants except that the data are weighted so that LEAs with higher numbers or higher percentages of poor children receive more funds. Targeted Grants flow to LEAs where the number of schoolchildren counted in the formula (without application of the formula weights) is at least 10 and at least 5 percent of the LEA's school-age population.

4. Education Finance Incentive Grants (EFIG) distribute funds to states based on factors that measure: a state's effort to provide financial support for education compared to its relative wealth as measured by its per capita income and the degree to which education expenditures among LEAs within the state are equalized.

USED White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics

The commission was tasked with examining the underlying causes of the existing education achievement gap between Hispanic American students and their peers, and issued interim and final reports on the subject, The Road to a College Diploma [PDF, .98MB], and From Risk to Opportunity [PDF, 1.79MB], respectively. When the commission dissolved in 2003, the White House Initiative's focus shifted to community outreach and the establishing of its partnership program, Partnership for Hispanic Family Learning.

United States Interagency Council on Homelessness

The mission of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) is to coordinate the federal response to homelessness and to create a national partnership at every level of government and with the private sector to reduce and end homelessness in the nation while maximizing the effectiveness of the Federal Government in contributing to the end of homelessness.

USICH is an independent agency within the federal executive branch. The agency consists of 19 federal Cabinet secretaries and agency heads. The current chairperson is Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius; Department of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki serves as the vice chairperson. The Executive Director of USICH is Barbara Poppe. USICH partners with these 19 federal agencies, state and local governments, advocates, service providers, and people experiencing homelessess to achieve the goals outlined in the first federal strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness, Opening Doors.

USICH works with its partners to
* Establish and maintain effective, coordinated, and supportive relationships with every federal agency;
* Organize and support states and communities to effectively implement local plans to end homelessness;
* Develop an effective portal to federal programs and initiatives;
* Establish and maintain productive communications with Congress;
* Establish partnerships with public and private sector stakeholders;
* Monitor, evaluate, and recommend improvements in serving those experiencing homelessness and disseminate best practices;
* Provide professional and technical assistance to states, local governments, and other public and private nonprofit organizations.

The National Center for Homeless Education

The National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) provides research, resources, and information enabling communities to address the educational needs of children experiencing homelessness. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education (ED), the Center serves as a clearinghouse of information for people seeking to remove or overcome educational barriers and to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for children and youth experiencing homelessness. The Center also supports educators and service providers through producing training and awareness materials and providing training at regional and national conferences and events.

National Center for Farmworker Health

The National Center for Farmworker Health (NCFH), established in 1975, is dedicated to improving the health status of farmworker families by providing information services and products to a network of more than 500 migrant health center service sites in the United States as well as organizations, universities, researchers, and individuals involved in farmworker health.

Use the link below to search for health centers by state. If the state list is very long scroll down or use your browser's search feature to find a health center within the state list by town or city.

Use the map on this link to select a state and then search for health centers in that state.

The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth

The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) is the voice and social conscience for the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness. NAEHCY accomplishes this through advocacy, partnerships, and education.

National Migrant & Seasonal Head Start Collaboration Office

The mission of the National Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Collaboration Office (NMSHSCO) is to collaborate, educate, coordinate and align Head Start services at the local, state and national levels to ensure access and utilization of high quality culturally appropriate early childhood education opportunities for the children and families of migrant and seasonal farm workers.

Our vision:
> To work passionately together on enhancing opportunities and resources for all children in poverty, especially those of migrant and seasonal farm workers.
> To demonstrate a strong commitment to the values and beliefs that all children deserve access to high quality early childhood learning environments and comprehensive support services that honor both child and family alike.
> To identify and leverage valuable resources rooted in the knowledge that improving the lives of children ultimately improves the future outlook and social fabric of the nation.

National Association of State Directors of Migrant Education (NASDME)

NASDME is the professional organization of state officials charged with the administrative responsibilities of using these monies effectively and productively to help all migrant children succeed in school. NASDME provides its members ongoing information about events and activities, and offers new members training, guidance and counsel. It prepares publications to inform a wider audience about Migrant Education. It represents the Migrant Education community in continuing dialogues with the Federal government.

NASDME annually sponsors a National Migrant Education Conference to provide training, leadership, and networking opportunities for all persons concerned with the education of migrant children.

National Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Association

The National Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Association (NMSHSA) is made up of Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Directors, Staff, Parents, and Friends that meets regularly to discuss issues and concerns unique to Migrant and Seasonal Head Start children and their families.

Migrant & Seasonal Head Start

The Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Technical Assistance Center provides on-site training and technical assistance to Head Start programs that serve migrant and seasonal farmworker families and their children, from birth through age five, across the United States. The project's goals are to improve the quality of services to low-income children and their families and in turn promote social competence and school readiness in young children. Head Start programs get a wide range of support, in areas such as management, early childhood development, health services, transportation of young children, appropriate facilities, developmentally and linguistically appropriate services, working with young children with disabilities and building family and community partnerships.

DOL National Farmworker Jobs Program

The National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP) is a nationally directed program of job training and employment assistance for migrant and seasonal farmworkers (MSFWs). It is authorized by Congress in the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Section 167 to counter the impact of the chronic unemployment and underemployment experienced by migrant and seasonal farmworkers who primarily depend on jobs in agricultural labor. Since its inception with the passage of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, the NFJP has been an integral part of the national workforce strategy. MSFWs now access NFJP and other employment assistance through the One-Stop Centers of the workforce investment system.

HEP/CAMP Association

The National HEP/CAMP Association is an organization whose membership is comprised of universities, colleges and non-profit organizations that administer a High School Equivalency Program (HEP) and/or a College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP). The Association’s membership is committed to improving the quality and effectiveness of the national HEP and CAMP program, all HEP and CAMP projects, and to disseminating information about HEP and CAMP. Our mission is “to serve, educate, and empower farm workers” and our vision is “to improve the quality of life for farmworkers through education.”

National PASS Center

The National PASS Center (NPC) was established in 1997 to serve as a national clearinghouse and coordinating center for bringing PASS (Portable Assisted Study Sequence) courses into alignment with current academic learning standards. The PASS program consists of self-contained, semi-independent study courses which enable students to earn secondary-level academic courses. Participating students generally take these courses in order to make-up courses, meet graduation requirements or cope with scheduling difficulties. The NPC is charged with overseeing the development of academically rigorous yet accessible and cost effective courses, providing support materials and trainings, and acting as a resource for information on program implementation and state contact.

DOL One-Stop Career Centers

One-Stop Career Centers are designed to provide a full range of assistance to job seekers under one roof. Established under the Workforce Investment Act, the centers offer training referrals, career counseling, job listings, and similar employment-related services. Customers can visit a center in person or connect to the center's information through PC or kiosk remote access.

National Farmworker Jobs Program

The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) serves the American farmworker population through two main programs. The National Farmworker Jobs Program is a nationally directed program of job training and employment assistance for migrant and seasonal farmworkers (MSFWs). The National Monitor Advocate monitors and reviews the compliance of state agencies with Job Service (JS) regulations affecting MSFWs and offers technical assistance to the ETA regional offices and State agencies in carrying out JS regulations and programs. For more information about these and other farmworker-related programs, please see the hyperlinks below.

Texas Migrant Interstate Program

The purpose of the Texas Migrant Interstate Program (TMIP) is to facilitate intra- and interstate coordination in order to help meet the educational needs of migrant children from Texas who migrate out of state.

The TMIP is special project of the Texas Education Agency, Division of Curriculum. The TMIP facilitates intra- and interstate coordination of information, resources and services for Texas migrant student, with an emphasis on serving students identified by the Texas MEP as “Priority for Services” (PFS).