Migrant Education Program (MEP) funds support high-quality education programs for migratory children and help ensure that migratory children are not penalized in any manner by disparities among states in curriculum, graduation requirements, or state academic content and student academic achievement standards.
Funding and eligible services
The Migrant Education Program is authorized under Part C of Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended. Federal funds are allocated to OSPI based on per pupil expenditure for education and counts of eligible migratory children, age 3 through 21, residing within the state. OSPI authorizes the sub-grants to local education agencies (school districts), institutions of higher education, and other public and nonprofit agencies.
Services to migrant children and their families may include:
- Supplemental academic programs to assist in the achievement of state academic standards
- Instructional training
- Health programs
- Preschool programs (readiness, transitioning to elementary education)
- Family home visiting and academic counseling services
- Parental involvement
- Migrant student data and collection
- Student leadership opportunities
- Summer schools programs
- Secondary credit accrual and exchange
- Grants for supplemental secondary services, dropout prevention and retrieval, and alternative education programs; and
- Dissemination of information
The migrant program ensures appropriate consultation with migrant parents and local education agencies through the Washington State Migrant Education Advisory Committee. The program must also ensure program objectives are being addressed through compliance reviews of its sub-grantees.
Local school districts who received a sub-grant from the Washington State Migrant Education Program (MEP) in the past can access a grant application through OSPI's online application on iGrants.
For districts who are interested in applying for a migrant program grant for the first time, the following items should be considered:
- How many eligible migrant students are currently in the district?
- What type of services do they need?
- What support is the district currently providing?
- What adjustments has the district made to help meet the migrant students' needs?
- Despite adjustments and current support, do the students need additional support?
- What other resources has the district considered (i.e., Title I, Emergency Immigrant, State Transitional Bilingual Instruction Program, etc.)?
After this self-evaluation process, districts in need of additional support, should contact the nearest Educational Service District (ESD) Migrant Education Office to inform them of their interest in applying for migrant funds. The MERO will work with the district on migrant students' needs and program planning and notify OSPI of the district's request for migrant funds.
Migrant Education Program (MEP) Information
At the end of the program period (6/30), districts are required to submit an end-of-year report that reflects the services provided and the staff time paid with program funds. Data and services reported to OSPI should be reflected in the individual student records housed at MSDR and should be within the approved size and scope of the grant application.
Migrant State Advisory Committee
Fifty-one percent of the members of the Washington State Migrant Education Advisory Committee (SAC) are migrant parents and students. Other members include a teacher, a principal, a grants manager, a superintendent, a school board director, a representative from the Commission on Hispanic Affairs (CHA), a paraeducator/home visitor or records clerk, and a secondary school counselor.
For more information regarding the Washington State Migrant Education Advisory Committee, contact Migrant Education Programs at (360) 725-6147.