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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 102,348 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 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.

State Service Delivery Plan for Migrant Education

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 Student Information Network External link opens in new window or tab.

Mini-Corps Program

The Mini-Corps Program is a statewide service delivery program for migrant students in grades K–12. The major goals for the Mini-Corps program includes: developing a cadre of bilingual-bicultural teachers that are skilled in working with migrant students and to provide direct instructional tutorial services to increase migrant student academic achievement. The Mini-Corps program achieves these goals through regular year and summer tutoring services and by providing targeted, outdoor education programs statewide.

Juana Zamora, Sr. Director
1760 Creekside Oaks Drive, Suite 190
Sacramento, CA 95833
Phone: 916-929-2713
Fax: 916-929-2739

Migrant Education Portal

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


ESCORT External link opens in new window or tab., the migrant education and support program headquartered at the State University of New York, is a national resource center dedicated to improving the educational opportunities for migratory children. As part of its comprehensive national services and programs, ESCORT maintains the National Migrant Education Hotline (Hotline) toll-free number: 800-234-8848.

The Hotline is free and accessible to migrant farmworkers, families and out-of-school youth. Hotline specialists answer the calls and facilitate the enrollment of migrant students for educational services. They also connect families to needed support services related to housing, transportation, health, or other resources.

Recruiters and advocates also use the Hotline for information and advice on helping migrant farmworkers. Promotional materials are made available to recruiters and other MEP staff to support Identification & Recruitment efforts. The materials feature the Hotline phone number so that families have the number with them as they move.

Questions:   Migrant Education Office | 916- 319-0851
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, August 5, 2020
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