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For Migrant Education

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Migrant youth participating in the Migrant Education Program in 2016-17:

Source: Ed Data Express

The goal of the Migrant Education Program is to ensure that all migrant students reach challenging academic standards and graduate with a high school diploma (or complete a HSED) that prepares them for responsible citizenship, further learning, and productive employment. This website provides information, tools, and resources to promote the interstate coordination of migrant programs.


Small photo of Article: One Youth’s Journey Towards College

Article: One Youth’s Journey Towards College

"In One Generation, A Farmworker Family Grows College Ambitions"
Watson, Tennessee. “In One Generation, A Farmworker Family Grows College Ambitions.” National Public Radio (NPR), 29 August 2018. https://www.npr.org/

NPR recently published an article and podcast about Angel Benavides, a 14-year-old, who migrates from North Dakota to Texas with his parents. This story highlights his journey and the challenges he faces.

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Small photo of Article: Recruiter Challenges and Solutions

Article: Recruiter Challenges and Solutions

"Education, Unsettled: Inside the Struggle to Keep Migrant Students in School and Out of the Fields"
Granados, Alex. “Education, Unsettled.Education Week, 28 Nov. 2018. https://www.edweek.org

A new article published by Education Week explores the challenges of recruiters in North Carolina to identify and enroll migrant students in schools, and aid out-of-school-youth (OSY). It looks at the migratory pattern from Michigan to Florida to North Carolina, the benefits of the Portable Assisted Study Sequence (PASS), and the importance of coordination between states. Several NC recruiters are featured and share their day-to-day work, best practices, and insights into recruiting.

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Latest Updates

COVID-19 MEP Information

In response to multiple requests from grantees and other stakeholders, the Department developed the Fact Sheet: Addressing the Risk of COVID-19 While Serving Migratory Children. This Fact Sheet provides information to assist State educational agencies (SEAs) and local operating agencies (LOAs) in determining how to continue to identify eligible migratory children and provide services to address their needs, while taking into consideration the health, safety, and well-being of staff and migratory families.

On Wednesday, May 20, 2020, the Office of Migrant Education (OME) held a COVID-19 Listening Session for MEP State Directors. Slides and the online chat are available to download.

For additional information, visit the Legislation and Policy page.


2020 New Directors' Orientation and Annual Directors' Meeting

The 2020 New Directors' Orientation and Annual Directors' Meeting took place on March 2-4, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Session information and presentations are now available to download.


Dear Colleague Letters

OME has released the following Dear Colleague Letters for guidance related to various legislation and policy matters: