An overview of the Delaware Migrant Education Program
What is Migrant Education?
The Migrant Education Program (MEP) is a federally funded program under Title 1, Part C of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The program was authorized in 1966 to address the specific educational needs of migrant students.
What are the challenges facing migrant students?
Migrant students face a number of difficulties often not experienced by other students. Some of these challenges include a lack of continuity in their education due to frequent moves, a constant readjustment to new environments, language barriers, and economic hardships.
What is the goal of the program?
The goal of this program is aligned with the national goal of ensuring all migrant students reach challenging academic standards and graduate with a high school diploma (or complete a GED) that prepares them for responsible citizenship, further learning, and productive employment.
Who is a migrant student?
A migrant student is a child ages 3-21 who has crossed state or district lines with or “to join” a parent or guardian, or on their own, who is seeking or has obtained temporary or seasonal work in agriculture, poultry, dairy, food processing or fishing.
What are the services offered in Delaware?
The services in Delaware are as follows:
- Identification and Recruitment
- Two summer programs in Kent and Sussex counties focused on academics, English language acquisition, and creating life enriching experiences
- Advocacy with in the school system
- Referrals to other community services
US Office of Migrant Education http://www.ed.gov/programs/mep/index.html
Eastern Stream Center on Resources and Training http://www.escort.org/
Delmarva Rural Ministries http://www.drminc.org/
National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition and Language Instruction Educational Programs http://www.ncela.gwu.edu/
MigrantEducation Resource Center http://www.mercweb.org/Default.aspx