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

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Migrant Education Program Support for Parents and Families


This content has been created by the Texas Migrant Education Program (MEP) to support you, the parents and families of children who qualify for the Texas MEP.

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Qualifying for the MEP

The process to determine whether your child qualifies for the MEP usually begins like this:

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You complete the Family Survey form. This form includes questions regarding moves and work-related activities and helps the LEA/district determine if you are a migratory family. You will receive this form in the new enrollment packet at the beginning of each year or when you first enroll your child in a new public school in Texas. An MEP recruiter may contact you if you answer “Yes” to either question on the survey.


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You may contact the MEP recruiter or campus staff after an agricultural or fishing move. If a parent or guardian, or even your child, obtains or was seeking work in agricultural or fishing industries, your child may qualify for the MEP. Contact the MEP recruiter or district staff to find out.

To learn how your child may qualify for the MEP, watch this video.


Children may be eligible for the MEP when they move with a migratory worker or fisher across district lines due to economic necessity. MEPs are located across the country and may provide services to migratory children who qualified in a different state.

Children who qualify for the MEP may receive additional educational and support services. The availability of these services is determined by several things:

  • Funding provided to each district
  • Individual needs of each student
  • Services offered through other funding sources

Examples of migratory jobs in agriculture and fishing include, but are not limited to: field work, canneries, dairy work, meat processing, shrimping, or fishing.

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Funding for the MEP

Each year, MEPs in Texas districts must decide which services to provide to migratory students in addition to those offered to all students in the district. Watch the video to learn more about MEP funding and how it helps migratory children.

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Moving FROM and TO a New District

As a migratory family, your children may experience educational challenges when moving FROM one school district TO another district. Watch these videos for information on how you can help your child have a smooth transition to the new district.

play icon Click the Before Leaving Your Current District Checklist (PDF) for a checklist that can help you prepare for your move.

play icon Click the When You Arrive in a New District Checklist (PDF) for a checklist that can help you prepare for arriving in a new district.