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Migrant Education Program

Office of Migrant Education

Mission: Identify and serve all migrant children/youth and families.

Vision: To provide equitable resources and outcomes to ensure that all migrant children/youth are postsecondary and workforce ready and that all families are empowered to succeed.

Migrant Education Program Colorado: harvest of hope

Education of Migratory Children

The Office of Migrant Education at the Colorado Department of Education, is federally funded under Title I, Part C of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The Migrant Education Program (MEP) provides supplemental support to eligible migrant children and youth. The purpose of the program is to ensure that migratory children are not penalized in any manner by disparities among curriculum, graduation requirements, academic content and student academic achievement standards, and ensure that migratory children are provided with appropriate educational services and opportunities so they can succeed in school and graduate from high school being postsecondary education or employment ready.

The Migrant Education Program may serve children from birth to the age of 21 who are eligible for a free public education under State Law. In order to qualify for services, children must have moved within the past three years, across state or school district lines with or to join a migrant parent or guardian who has obtained qualifying temporary or seasonal employment in agriculture, fishing, or dairy.

National Program Goals

  • Support high-quality and comprehensive educational programs and services for during the school year and, as applicable, during summer or intersession periods, that address the unique educational needs of migratory children
  • Ensure that migratory children who move among the States are not penalized in any manner by disparities among the States in curriculum, graduation requirements, and challenging State academic standards
  • Ensure that migratory 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
  • 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
  • Ensure that migratory children benefit from State and local systemic reforms

Colorado Migrant Regional Contacts

The Colorado Migrant Education Program coordinates and delivers services through five regional offices. Below are contact lists and a regional map that may be downloaded and printed.

For Migrant Education Program (MEP) website assistance or questions, please e-mail the Web Coordinator