Migrant Education in California

The Migrant Education Program (MEP) is a federally operated program that attempts to improve the educational experience for migrant children that often repeatedly miss or switch schools.

Currently, there are over 200,000 migrant students attending California schools during the regular academic year. MEP is designed to support these students by providing them with a structured education program that ensures the children are appropriated the needed services and opportunities, and receive assistance with cultural and language barriers. Any other items that may hinder the child’s education transition are also addressed.

In order for a child to participate in the Migrant Education Program the parents or guardian must be a migrant worker in the agricultural, dairy, lumber, or fishing industry and the family must have moved once, at least to a new school district, within the preceding three years. In addition, MEP assistance will be given to those students who meet the prior eligibility requirement and show signs of poor academic performance. For further information on the MEP program visit California Department of Education online or call (916) 319-0851.