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Migrant Education Programs and Services

Provides information on statewide programs and services coordinated by California's Migrant Education Program.

Migrant education supports two kinds of programs designed to strengthen the school, community, and family experiences of children and their families. Some programs are developed locally by migrant education regional offices in collaboration with the school districts that enroll migratory students. Other programs are administered statewide and are designed to meet specific needs of students, such as those related to the identification and recruitment of migrant families, parent involvement, and student leadership. Both types of programs are described below.

Whatever program is developed with migrant education funds must be supplemental to other state and federal categorical funding. Currently, over 139,595 migrant students are eligible for services in 565 school districts throughout the state. Therefore, the Migrant Education Program (MEP) provides services to migrant students in over half of all school districts in California.

Locally Developed Programs

These programs are designed, implemented, and evaluated through the collaborative efforts of MEP, staff at the migrant education regional offices, and educators at the school and district levels. Every effort is made to base the content and methodology of the programs on the needs of migratory children and their families.

The services focus on five major themes: standards and assessment; teaching and learning; professional development; partnerships among schools, parents, families, and communities; and funding and governance.

Migrant Education Program’s (MEP) State Service Delivery Plan (SSDP)

The Migrant Education Program’s (MEP) State Service Delivery Plan (SSDP) is mandated by federal law (ESEA Title I, Part C) for all migrant programs. It serves as the guidance document for program planning and development, monitoring and evaluation of the Migrant Education Program for the next five years. The program works on supporting migrant students to achieve high academic standards and closing the achievement gap between migrant and non-migrant students. The purpose of the SSDP is to guide the MEP in planning and service delivery, at the state, regional, and local levels.

Migrant Education Office
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Suite 2204
Sacramento CA. 95814
Phone: 916-319-0851
Fax: 916-319-0139

Statewide-Administered Programs

The programs listed below are provided throughout California and are available to all eligible migratory children. More information about the programs is available from the source cited with each program.

Binational Migrant Education Program

The Binational Migrant Education Program is an international program between Mexico and the United States. It provides direct services to migrant students who travel between the two countries. As part of the program, teachers from Mexico spend six to eight weeks during the summer in a California school district in sharing culture and teaching strategies to support migrant students.

Professional Learning Support Division
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Suite 4401
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-323-6440

Migrant Student Information Network (MSIN)

The MSIN is a site for exclusive use by migrant staff. It requires a password to log on and provides information like an electronic file cabinet to statewide migrant education staff regarding program requirements and documents within the California Migrant Education Program.

Migrant Education Office
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Suite 2204
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-319-0851
Web site: Migrant Student Information Network External link opens in new window or tab.

Mini-Corps Program

The Mini-Corps Program provides tutoring to migratory students to give them the academic and social support they need to succeed in their course work and stay in school. The tutors come from a migrant family background and are full-time college students who are pursuing teaching credentials. Mini-Corps tutors work with migratory students during the school year and summer school as role models to strengthen the relationships among students, teachers, family members, and members of the community.

Ernesto Ruiz , Director
510 Bercut Drive, Suite Q
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-446-4603
Fax: 916-446-9271

Statewide Student Leadership Institute

The Statewide Student Leadership Institute provides tenth and eleventh grade migrant students the opportunity to participate in a rigorous, five-week, residential, academic program emphasizing leadership. In addition, the students receive information on college admission requirements and financial assistance. The Student Leadership Institute prepares students for a smooth transition to post-secondary education.

Migrant Education Office
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Suite 2204
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-319-0851
Fax: 916-319-0139

Migrant Education Portal External link opens in new window or tab.

The California Migrant Education Portal supports educators and parents of migrant students and English learners with more than 200 video examples of research-based, effective instructional practices and literacy strategies. This free online resource provides videos of strategies in K-12 classrooms, includes English and Spanish videos for parents and educators, algebra readiness modules, and Migrant Education best program practices. Additionally, the Portal provides communication and collaboration tools to support local and regional program and service delivery efforts.

State Service Delivery Plan for Migrant Education

This plan provides essential guidance for Migrant Education regional and district programs in helping our migrant students reach the academic standards the CDE has set for all students. The plan corresponds to the Comprehensive Needs Assessment Report and serves as the guidance document for program planning and development, monitoring, and evaluation.

Questions:   Migrant Education Office | 916- 319-0851
Last Reviewed: Monday, January 26, 2015

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