Migrant Education


Migrant Education Program

Priority for services to students: Section 1304(d) of the statute gives priority for services to migrant children:

  1. who are failing, or most at risk of failing, to meet the state's challenging state academic content standards and challenging state student academic achievement standards, and
  2. whose education has been interrupted during the regular school year.

Migrant Summer School

Eligibility for Migrant Students

In order to attend the Migrant Summer School program, children must be:

  1. Enrolled in the Migrant Education Program
  2. Failing, or at risk of failing, to meet state content and performance standards AND his/her education was interrupted during the school year

All other migrant students not meeting #2 above will be accepted on a space availability basis.

Students that do not qualify for the Migrant Education Program and want to participate in summer school must contact his/her local school office and inquire about possible enrollment.

  • Milton-Freewater
  • Stanfield
  • Hermiston
  • Umatilla
  • Boardman
  • Irrigon

What is the Migrant Education Program?

It is a national program that provides supplemental education and support services to eligible migrant children to help them overcome the educational disruptions and disadvantages they face.

The Migrant Education Program grew out of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 which became Title I of Public Law 89-10. Congress recognized migrant children as a disadvantaged group whose high mobility and unique lifestyles created severe educational needs, thus the Migrant Education Program was established separately by an amendment to Title I in 1966. This law was reauthorized in 1981 by Chapter 1 of the Education Consolidation and Improvement Act, and later in 1988, under Public Law 100-297. In 1994, Congress reauthorized ESEA by passing the Improving America's Schools Act, Public Law 102-387. The Migrant Education Program is currently authorized under Title I, Part C of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, Public Law 107-110.

Oregon's children of migrant farm workers face a myriad of academic, health and social challenges due to their mobile lifestyle. For many of them, English is a second, and sometimes third, language. The dropout rate is high. In many cases the migrant student also contributes to the family's economic well-being by working or by caring for younger brothers and sisters while the parents are at work.

Some of the services provided include 24-hour accident insurance, supplemental academic support, advocacy, preschool program, summer school, parent involvement activities, limited support services, and a state and national student database system. Children enrolled in the program automatically qualify for the school free meal program.

Regular School Year

-Grades K-12 for eligible migrant students
-Supplemental academic support
-Counseling and other support services available
-Services coordinated with the district's Title III and Bilingual programs
-Consultation and resource services to local administrators and staff
-Contact local Home School Consultant or ELL teacher for referral and
eligibility information
-Interpretations services for meetings with migrant parents

Migrant Preschool

-Serves migrant eligible 3-5 year olds that are not in Kindergarten
-Priority given to children not receiving other preschool services
-The program collaborates with and supports programs provided by local school districts such as "Ready for Kinder" and "Little Steps for School Success"
-Offers summer school classes in conjunction with migrant summer schools in Boardman, Irrigon, Umatilla and Hermiston

Parent Involvement Activities

-Home visits and other parent contacts
-Counseling regarding attendance and other school issues
-Assistance in seeking scholarships and applying for post-secondary education
-Referrals and coordination with agencies, service groups and businesses to secure needed help for health, housing, clothing and food
-Advocacy support
-Limited transportation and translation
-Liaison support between school and families
-Parent meetings and training regarding school and parenting topics

Support Services

-Home visits and other parent contacts
-Counseling regarding attendance and other school issues
-Assistance in seeking scholarships and applying for post-secondary education
-Referrals and coordination with agencies, service groups and businesses to secure needed help for health, housing, clothing, and food
-Advocacy support
-Limited transportation, interpretation, and translation
-Liaison support between school and families

Bilingual Coordination

Coordinate with the local school's Title III programs to provide best possible educational services in order to meet the needs of individual students without duplication.

Student Accident Insurance

The Migrant Education Program provides insurance to help with the cost of treatment for injuries caused by accidents. It covers accidents that occur 24 hours a day, all year. The insurance covers part, but not all, of the cost. The insurance does not cover treatment for illness or previously existing conditions.

If a migrant family has other insurance, the Migrant Student Accident Insurance covers part of the cost not covered by the other insurance plan. Parents should send a claim form to their other insurance company first, and then to the Migrant Education Program.

To be covered, children must be eligible for the Migrant Education Program in Oregon and currently enrolled on Oregon Migrant Student Information System (OMSIS). The insurance covers children between the ages of 3 and 21 years of ages who have not graduated or received a GED. The insurance is for Oregon residents only. If a student moves out of Oregon, coverage runs out in 30 days.

The insurance covers injuries due to accidents 24 hours a day, anywhere in the world, as long as the child is an Oregon resident. The insurance covers accidents from all interscholastic sports. Parents are responsible for the costs not covered by the accident insurance.

Here are some of the things that the insurance will cover:

-Death claims and injury claims from auto accidents
-Sport injuries
-Bicycle accidents
-Playground accidents
-Dental work if teeth were injured by accident
-Surgery due to an accident, up to one year after the accident
-Bee stings and animal bites
-Injuries from sexual assault
-Injuries from fighting that was not initiated by the victim


Obdulia (Abby) Munoz
Lead Recruiter & Parent Liaison