What is the Migrant Education Program?
Title I, Part C Migrant Education Program (MEP) of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 supports high quality education programs for migratory children (ages 3-21) and helps ensure that migratory children who move among the states are not penalized in any manner by disparities among states in curriculum, graduation requirements, or state academic content and student academic achievement standards. The MEP is designed to help migratory children overcome educational disruption, cultural and language barriers, social isolation, various health-related problems, and other factors that inhibit the ability of such children to do well in school, and to prepare such children to make a successful transition to postsecondary education or employment.
In the summer of 2013 Charlie Geier and Rachel Davidson joined the Migrant program team and took our state’s slogan to heart. They began to imagine how they could improve the migrant program in the state of IN. They imagined the possibilities and quickly put those ideas into practice. It was decided to divide the state into 6 regions with an additional region designed specifically for early learning and technology. In order to make the possibilities happen we would first need to find and identify eligible migrant students, not just some of the migrant students, but 100%. In order to make that happen 8 recruiters were hired throughout the state, one for each region and 2 at the state level. Because of the new recruiter format, our identification has increased substantially. The recruiters have been able to locate those pockets in Indiana that had not been previously identified. OSY and secondary youth are now being identified and with identification comes education and services that can be utilized by the student. Once the students are identified each regional center must determine the needs of the students and how to serve them appropriately. 100% identified and 100% served.