The federally funded Migratory Education Program (MEP) provides supplemental education and supportive services to migratory children. MEP projects operate in support of, and in coordination with, the regular school programs. During the summer, comprehensive summer school programs offer migratory children a full range of academic and supportive services.โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹

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The purpose of this federal program is as follows:

  1. To assist states in supporting high-quality and comprehensive educational programs and services
    during the school year and, as applicable, during summer or intersession periods, that address the
    unique educational needs of migratory children.
  2. To 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
  3. To ensure that migratory children receive full and appropriate opportunities to meet the same
    challenging state academic standards that all children are expected to meet.
  4. 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
    succeed in school.
  5. To help migratory children benefit from state and local systemic reforms (ESEA ยง 1301).
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Terms & Definitions

Terms and definitions related to the Migrant Education Program comprehensive needs assessment, service delivery plan and program evaluation

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Legislation & Guidance

ESSA Guidance for Title I, Part C

MEP Legislation and Policy

OCR Fact Sheet: Protecting Access to Education for Migratory Children

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Iowa MEP Documents

Iowa MEP Comprehensive Needs Assessment

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MEP Staff & Project Sites

MEP Staff and Regional Information

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Migratory Liaisons

School District Migratory Liaisons

MEP Important Dates and Reporting Requirements

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MEP School Forms

MEP Parent Form - English

MEP Parent Form - Spanish

MEP Withdrawal Notification Form

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Additional Resources

Federal MEP Website

MEP Tools and Curriculum

MEP Resource Library

MEP Webinars and Meetings

Office of Elementary and Secondary Education - Office of Migrant Education

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