The migrant education program is a national program that provides educational and support services to eligible
migrant children each year. The services help children of migrant workers overcome the disadvantages they may face.
Inadequate living spaces, low incomes, interruption to their education, etc.
The Migrant Education Program grew out of Title I Public Law 89-10, passed in 1965, to assist all disadvantaged
children. It was established separately by an amendment to Title I in 1966to address the specific needs of
migrant children who required additional help and services.Over the years it has been amended and
reauthorized under the Improving America's Schools Act, Public Law 103-382.
The Goal of the Migrant Education Program
Is to ensure that migratory children throughout Region VI have access to high quality, comprehensive
instructional and support services that enable them to meet the same challenging state performance
standards that all children are expected to meet.
The Education Service Center, Region VI provides technical assistance and staff
development to project and non-profit districts to assure children and their
families receive the support and services they need during the
regular-school year and summer program.
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In CISD the Migrant Program receives support services from Community Outreach & Dropout Prevention in line of Goal 3
"To continue closing the achievement gap between minority, special education, economically disadvantaged limited
English proficient, at-risk, and other students"
Seven Areas of Concern
1. Education Continuity
As migrant children move outside school district or state during the children
school year, they often experience differences in curriculum, academic standards,
policies or expectations. This lack of continuity presents barriers to academic achievement.
2. Instructional Time
Migrant children's mobility also impacts the amount of time they spend receiving instruction
and their attendance patterns.
3. School Engagement
With frequent adjustments to new school settings migrant students often face difficulty making
new friends and gaining social acceptance, which can inhibit their ability to do well in school.
A student's school engagement can be affected by three types of factors, which can
be grouped according to behavioral, emotional and cognitive engagement.
4. English Language Development
English language development is critical for academic success. English language development focuses
on the literacy skills needed for successful content area learning.
5. Educational Support in the Home
While many migrant parents education for their children may not be able to support their children as the school
expects or may not have the means to offer an educational rich home environment.
Migrant students have higher proportions of acute and chronic health problems. They are at greater risk due to the
pesticide poisoning, farm injuries, heat-related illness and poverty. Migrant families are less likely to have health
insurance and more likely to have difficulty accessing services to address health-related needs.
7. Access to Services
Migrant families often have newcomer status and home language other than English. These factors often limit their access to
educational and educationally-related services available in the school and community.