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.

Contact Melissa Brown for additional information at 360-445-5785 or by email

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