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, it means that the service or resource described is provided by the MEP and only available to migratory students.
When a student needs adult support at school, parents can be one of their child’s most important advocates. As an advocate, you support your child and speak on their behalf in situations where they may not be prepared to speak for themselves.
To develop strong advocacy skills and support your child, you can do any of the following:
Learn the school’s rules, practices, and policies.
Attend school events offered through your child’s school, like Open House, Meet the Teacher, and family nights.
Volunteer in your child’s classroom and/or the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) at the school.
Attend and participate in the MEP local and state Parent Advisory Council (PAC).
Serve on district/school committees, such as the MEP Local Needs Assessment Committee (LNAC).
Contact the MEP staff for information about specific parent training sessions available in the district.
Learn about instructional services provided by your child’s school district, including those that the MEP may provide. Contact the MEP recruiter or other MEP staff for specific instructions on how to access these services for which your child may qualify. Some examples of instructional services include
Learn about support services provided by your child’s school district, including those that the MEP may provide. For specific instructions on how to access these services for which your child may qualify, contact the MEP recruiter or other MEP staff. Some examples of support services include
Speak to the MEP recruiter or other MEP staff to learn about how to access services and how to advocate for your child while traveling to other cities across the state or to different states.
Read information about parenting skills and activities to do with your child, and share the information you learned with other parents. There are many sources where a parent can access this kind of information, such as
Contact your MEP for more information on how you can advocate for your child.
Visit the Resources Section for more Parents and Family Advocacy resources.