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Title I Part C - Migrant Program

Program Description

Dr. Roslyn Dempster, Coordinator
985.879.6400 Ext. 277
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Laurie Stewart, Recruiter/Teacher
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Tina Songe, Data Specialist
985.879.6400 Ext. 283
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Barbara Hebert, Part-Time Liaison
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The federally-funded Migrant Education Program (MEP) has provided educational and supportive services to migrant children across the nation since 1966. The Louisiana State Board of Education administers the MEP in Louisiana, and funds services in local school districts where fishing and farmworker children live throughout the year. The MEP attempts to locate all eligible children across the state to ensure that they are identified and recruited. The MEP also works through local school districts during the regular academic year to support the education of migrant students.  Proof of citizenship is NOT required to qualify for the MEP.


Program Goals

Migrant children may have difficulty in school. MEP services help migrant children adjust to their new school and keep up with their schoolwork. As a result of these services, children are better prepared to succeed. They are also more likely to graduate from high school and go on to college or employment.


Who the Program Serves

Children and youth through the age of 21 who have not graduated from high school may be eligible for the MEP if they have moved/traveled
    -across parish/state lines
    -within the last three years
    -with a parent/guardian or on his/her own
    -to obtain qualifying temporary or seasonal agricultural or fishing employment
The work must be directly related to the planting, cultivating, harvesting or processing of crops, trees, dairy products, meats, fish, or shellfish, or caring for livestock. There are no ethnic, national origin, income or language requirements of the MEP.

Services Provided

Each local MEP project offers services based on the needs of the migrant children it serves.
Educational services may include:
    -Free School meals
    -Tutoring during the regular school year and summer for grades K-12
    -Translation services
    -Connection to other support agencies and programs
Supportive services include:
    -Statewide recruitment of eligible migrant children
    -Sharing of student information among the MEPs throughout the country