The mission of the Madison School District #321 Migrant Education Program is to improve the education of migrant children and families through comprehensive, high quality educational assistance and guidance.
Congress established the National Migrant Education Program in 1966 in an effort to meet the specific needs of migrant children. The program provides migrant students specific support in the areas of Educational Continuity, Time for Instruction, School Engagement, English Language Development, Educational Support in the Home, Health, and Access to Services.
Children are eligible for the Migrant Education Program if they meet the definition of a “migratory child” and if the basis for their eligibility is properly recorded on a Certificate of Eligibility.
A migratory child is:
- A child who is, or whose parent, spouse or guardian is, a migratory agricultural worker
- A child who in the preceding 36 months, in order to accompany or join such parent, spouse, or guardian who is a migratory agricultural worker has moved from one school district to another
- A child that is not a high school graduate or does not hold a high school equivalent certificate
- A child who is younger than 22
The families must move to the district seeking to obtain qualifying work that is either temporary or seasonal employment in an agricultural setting.
Migrant children qualify for a number of benefits. These include but are not limited to the following items:
- Free breakfast and lunch at school (no form needed)
- Tutoring services
- Before/after school/evening classes
- Summer School
- Referrals to local service agencies
- Translation Services
- Home Visits
- Credit Recovery Programs
- GED Classes