Frequently used terms

Parent(s): the person legally caring for a migratory student; could be a guardian

Child/children: youth aged 0-21 who have not graduated from high school or earned a HSE certificate

Student: youth enrolled in a public school in Texas

If you see the words “English Only” next to a website, this means the resource does not have a translation option and is only available in English

If you see this icon, Resource provided by the MEP it means that the service or resource described is provided by the MEP and only available to migratory students.

What academic support is available for children from birth to age 5?

Your child’s education begins at birth. There are more than 1,800 days that you are your child’s primary teacher-before they ever start kindergarten. Each of those days is a learning opportunity.


There are several website resources you can use to help you engage with your child and start the learning process.


Children can begin their educational journey in prekindergarten as young as age 3. When a child begins school before kindergarten, they learn to socialize appropriately with other children; learn letters, numbers, colors, and other school essentials; and are better prepared for a school environment when they start kindergarten.3 Districts may have different early childhood programs available; some of the most common are

  • Head start
  • District prekindergarten
  • Resource provided by the MEP A Bright Beginning Migrant Early Childhood curriculum4

NOTE: Visit the Texas Schools website to locate a school in your area or to learn more about local schools.


Local MEP staff can provide information about early childhood opportunities for migratory children in the district.

3 “Prekindergarten 3: Understanding What Your Child Will Learn, ”Texas Education Agency, 2022, accessed February 22, 2022,
4 “Prekindergarten 4: Understanding What Your Child Will Learn, ”Texas Education Agency, 2022, accessed February 22, 2022,