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​The federally funded Migrant Education Program (MEP) provides supplemental education and supportive services to migrant children. Funds are available to support projects in districts with documented migrant student populations. MEP projects operate in support of, and in coordination with, the regular school programs. During the summer, comprehensive summer school programs offer migrant children a full range of academic and supportive services.​​​​​​​

 Program Purpose

The Migrant Education Program (MEP) is a federally funded program authorized under Title I, Part C, of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

The purpose of the MEP is to:

  • Support high-quality and comprehensive educational programs for migrant children in order to reduce the educational disruption and other problems that result from repeated moves;
  • Ensure that migrant children who move among the states are not penalized in any manner by disparities among the states in curriculum, graduation requirements, and state academic content and student academic achievement standards;
  • Ensure that migrant children are provided with appropriate educational services (including supportive services) that address their special needs in a coordinated and efficient manner;
  • Ensure that migrant children receive full and appropriate opportunities to meet the same challenging state academic content and student academic achievement standards that all children are expected to meet;
  • Design programs to help migrant children overcome educational disruption, cultural and language barriers, social isolation, various health-related problems, and other factors that inhibit their ability to do well in school, and to prepare them to make a successful transition to postsecondary education or employment; and
  • Ensure that migrant children benefit from state and local systemic reforms

 Eligible Children​

Trained recruiters interview families to determine each child's eligibility for the Migrant Education Program. To qualify for the program a migrant child must have meet the following requirements:

  • Younger than the age of 22;
  • Has not earned a high school diploma or an equivalent degree;
  • Has moved on his/her own as a migratory worker or with/to join/to precede a parent, spouse or guardian who is a migratory worker; and
  • The move was o within the preceding 36 months
    • due to economic necessity
    • from one school district to another (special conditions apply to Alaska and Hawaii); and
    • from one residence to another

A migratory worker is someone who has moved within the past 36 months and engaged in qualifying seasonal or temporary work in agriculture or fishing soon after the move or, under certain circumstances, unsuccessfully sought qualifying work.

 Priority for Services​

Under Title I, Part C of ESSA, eligible migrant children must receive priority for service if they have made a qualifying move within the previous 1-year period and are failing, or most at risk of failing, to meet the challenging State academic standards; or have dropped out of school.

 State Migrant Program Information

Program Links

 Migrant Program Funding

Under Title I, Part C of the Every Student Succeeds Act, the Migrant Education Program addresses the special educational needs of migrant children to better enable them to succeed academically.

Funds may be used for supplemental educational and ancillary services for migrant children including preschool programs, summer school, tutorial support during the regular school year, and secondary services to help high school students graduate. Other activities include identification and recruitment of students, student record exchange and information transfer with other states, health services, parent involvement initiatives and professional development for school personnel.  School districts, Regional Offices of Education, not-for-profit organizations and other public entities that serve areas where eligible migrant children and youth reside are eligible for funding.

Migrant Education Application Forms

  • FY18 Regular Year Intent to Apply for Grant to Meet the Educational Needs of Migratory ChildrenPDF Document
    • For the grant period ending June 30, 2018
    • Due date of August 21, 2017
    • ISBE will review all submissions to determine applicants’ eligibility and level of funding based on the number of migrant children and youth identified and to be served, the number of priority for services migrant children and youth identified, the needs of the population identified and the availability of other sources of funding.  Applicants will receive notification of the results of the Intent to Apply review and may be asked to make adjustments as needed.  Once notified, applicants must submit a complete application on IWAS to be eligible to receive funding.

 Migrant Recruiter Resources


Migrant recruiters in Illinois complete annual training to be qualified to identify migrant children eligible to participate in the Migrant Education Program. Below are the forms and reference materials that migrant recruiters use to document migrant child eligibility.

Reference Material

Annual Recruiter Training

Migrant recruiter training is scheduled in the spring. For more information contact Eva L. Jimenez.

Questions About Recruiting

Contact Eva L. Jimenez, Illinois Migrant Identification and Recruitment Coordinator at (312) 663-1522 or ejimenezimc@gmail.com​​

 Migrant Program Contact Information

Services Assistance Contacts
Migrant Education Program Program and technical assistance Beth Robinson
Gilberto Sanchez
Division Supervisor
Division for English Language Learning
100 W Randolph, Suite 14-300
Chicago, Illinois 60601-3268
Phone (312) 814-3850
Fax (312) 814-8636
Illinois Migrant Council Identification and recruitment and technical assistance Brenda Pessin
Illinois Migrant Council
118 S. Clinton St. #500
Chicago, IL 60661
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