When an LEA elects to receive their migrant funds as an SSA Member District and an ESC designates they will be a fiscal agent, both are agreeing to fully and appropriately implement the Title I, Part C Migrant Education Program. They are partners, and program implementation becomes a coordinated effort. Neither partner can assume the other is implementing program requirements. Both are responsible for ensuring a successful migrant program and that migratory students receive the support they need.
In order for the SSA to work effectively, both the SSA Member District and the ESC must communicate, collaborate, and assume equal responsibility for their migratory students and families. This is a partnership and requires both the SSA Member District and the ESC to share a singular focus. The SSA combines the strengths and resources of all members for greater support and success than they would have achieved independently.
There are many aspects of the MEP SSA that require coordination, including the following list. Other aspects are addressed throughout the SSA section.