Migrant Workers depicted by abstract art harvesting apples

Purpose of the Migrant Education Program

The purpose of the Migrant Education Program is to: Identify educational needs of migrant children and their families, and ensures that migrant students, who move between states, are not at disadvantage because of differences in curriculum, graduation requirements, and academic standards.

What is the Migrant Education Program?

The Title I Migrant Education Program is a federal program designed to address the unique needs of migrant children, ages 3 through 21, and provide support and services that will help them be successful in school.

Services are provided to eligible students based on the availability of funds, priority for services, and need. The Migrant Education Program employs highly qualified and trained teachers, advocates, and migrant support services aides/recruiters.

The Migrant Education Program began, in 1968, in Lee County as a direct result of federal funding under the Title I grant. The Migrant Education Program provides supplemental education services to approximately 530 migrant students in Lee County.

Who is Eligible for Migrant Services?

Children are classified as migrant if they have moved with their families across school district lines in search of temporary or seasonal work in any agricultural or fishing activity within a period of thirty-six months. This work must be directly related to:

  • planting
  • cultivating
  • harvesting (including tree harvesting)
  • processing of crops
  • dairy products
  • poultry
  • livestock
  • catching or processing of fish

Florida Migrant Education logo, center has a shadow of a graduate holding hands with a younger boy and girl walking on the green harvest fields and yellow sun background