Posted: Tue, 12/20/2016 - 9:11am Updated: Tue, 03/09/2021 - 8:58am

What is the Migrant Education Program?

Title I, Part C Migrant Education Program (MEP) of the Every Student Succeeds Act, 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.

Who Is A Migratory Child?

Any child ages 0-21 who moves across school district lines, either by themselves, or with a parent or guardian, to obtain qualifying seasonal or temporary agricultural work. Migratory children students often move multiple times per year— experiencing interrupted schooling in addition to other barriers they may face. The document below gives a general guideline of eligibility for the MEP.

Where do migrant families live and work in Indiana?

Migrant families live and work in all areas of our state, and receive supplemental educational and support services regardless of their geographic location from one of our Migrant Regional Centers. Our families are a crucial part of producing and harvesting many crops grown here in Indiana— such as watermelons, tomatoes, corn, berries, asparagus, peppers, and many more!

MEP Statute

The Migrant Education Program is a federal program that is carried out by the states through grants administered by the United States Education Department, specifically by the Office of Migrant Education (OME).

For further information on legislation, regulations, and guidance, visit the Office of Migrant Education’s website at

Comprehensive Needs Assessment and Service Delivery Plan (CNA and SDP)

The CNA and SDP is processed on a three-year cycle, with the latest version completed in February 2019. This document aims to identify the unique educational needs of migrant children in our state, and recommends the specific services that will help migrant children and youth participate and achieve in school.

MEP Program Evaluation

An independent evaluation of the Indiana MEP is conducted each year to ensure that we are constantly identifying areas for improvement, and are providing migrant students in our state with high-quality supplemental instructional and support services as they relate to the CNA and SDP.