Migrant Education Program


Identify, recruit and support migrant families by providing services that effectively allow them to achieve their educational goals.

What is the Migrant Education Program (MEP)? 

The MEP is a national program designed to meet the unique needs of children of migratory agricultural workers. The program was established in 1966 by an amendment to Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. It provides both supplemental educational and support services.

What does the program provide?

Services may vary from one school or district to another depending upon the number of students identified and their needs. Direct services include, but are not limited to:

  1. Referrals to food banks, clothing banks, low cost medical services and clinics, GED classes, citizenship classes, adult education, legal services and other community agencies.
  2. Assistance with summer school enrollment and tuition.
  3. Transfer of student records to and from Mexico through the Bi-national Program.
  4. Scholarship assistance for outstanding migrant students.
  5. Youth guidance and education support.
  6. Supplemental instructional services.

How does a student or family receive services?

Migrant students are children (from birth through age 21) of parents or guardians who have moved across state or school district lines anytime during the past three years to seek or with the intent to obtain temporary or seasonal employment in agriculture, fishing or related industries.

Children can qualify even if their parents did not find the job they were looking for or if they have since changed jobs.

Families may be eligible for free supplemental educational services based upon previous work in the following activities:

  • Vegetables, fruits, seeds (including canning and packing)
  • Farm, ranch (including dairy and sod)
  • Meat packing plant, slaughter house
  • Poultry, egg plant
  • Greenhouse, nursery
  • Dairy farms
  • Orchards
  • Christmas tree processing, forestry
  • Fishing
  • Field work

Students qualify for three years from the last qualifying move. Every time the family moves across school district boundaries to look for a job in agriculture, the children requalify.

DPS families are recruited from the Migrant Education Program (MEP) through the State of Colorado. Here is an overview of MEP recruitment.

Resources for our students, parents and families

Enrollment Guide school photoshoot at Place Bridge Academy in May 2017

Contact us

Metro Migrant Education Program Office
14707 E. 2nd Avenue, Ste 180
Aurora, CO 80011

Colorado Migrant Education Program
201 East Colfax, Room 401
Denver, CO 80203
Fax: 303-866-6892