The Department collects from each state two separate migrant Child
Counts, known as the Category 1 and Category 2 Child Counts:
• The Category 1 Child Count is the 12-month unduplicated statewide
total of children who are eligible to be counted for funding purposes.
It consists of all of the migrant children ages 3 through 21 who meet
the statutory and regulatory definition of a migratory (i.e., migrant)
child, and thus who, within three years of a qualifying move, resided in
the state for one or more days during the September 1 to August 31
• The Category 2 Child Count is the unduplicated statewide total count
of eligible migratory (migrant) students who participated in one or
more of the state’s MEP summer or intersession projects. It consists
of all of the migrant children who were served for one or more days in
MEP-funded summer or intersession programs in the state during the
September 1 – August 31 performance period.