Since 1967 the Colorado Migrant Education Program (MEP) has been working to ensure that migrant children fully benefit from the same free public education provided to other children. To achieve this, the MEP supports educational programs for migrant children to help reduce the educational disruptions and other problems that result from repeated moves.
As part of the Colorado Department of Education, the Colorado MEP is federally funded under Title I, Part C of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Children who qualify for the program are identified and recruited by regional educational agencies throughout the state, and the local educational agencies school districts are responsible for providing services to children enrolled in the program.
Why do migrant children need special services?
Migrant students have many risk factors in common with other disadvantaged students (e.g., poverty, poor health, learning disabilities), but they also face additional challenges unique to their situations (e.g., disruption of education, poor record-keeping between schools, cultural and language difficulties, and social isolation).
Who qualifies for the migrant education program?
Any child age 3 to 21 who has not yet graduated from high school nor obtained a GED and has moved from one school district to another in the past 3 years to enable the child or a parent, guardian, or spouse to seek or obtain agricultural or fishing work. This work must be temporary or seasonal and it must play an important part in providing a living for the worker and his or her family.