Migrant Education is a federally-funded program that provides services to children and youth from ages 3 to 21, whose education has been interrupted in the past 3 years because of the need for migrant parents to relocate to other areas in order to find agricultural or seasonal work to support their families.
The Migrant Education Program, Region VIII, serves migrant students and their families in Tulare and Kings Counties. There are approximately 23,000 migrant students enrolled in the Program in both counties.
The Migrant Education Program provides supplementary educational, health and family services by developing agreements with school districts. Currently, 54 school districts have an active Migrant Program. The goal of the Migrant Education Program is to work in cooperation with the individual districts to supplement the district's educational program and to promote each migrant student's progress in school.
The Migrant Education Program services are supplemental and are provided in various ways: health services; health education; pre-kindergarten classes; out-of-school youth (18 to 21 years of age); counseling; tutoring; enrichment and fine arts programs; extended day, evening, weekend and summer school programs; math programs for students & families; outdoor education - SCICON; intensive social services referrals; mentoring; intensive reading/math groups, secondary education; and parent education literacy centers. Migrant parents are an important part of the education of a child and are included as an integral part of the program. District, Regional and State parent advisory councils play an active role in providing and advocating services to children.