Migrant Education in Maine

MEP logoThe Maine Department of Education is committed to meeting the needs of all learners, as outlined in our strategic plan. In support of that plan, the Maine Migrant Education Program (MEP) works with migrant agricultural and fishing workers and their families to compensate for educational disruption resulting from their mobile lifestyles. The Maine MEP works throughout the state to identify and recruit migrant children (ages birth through age 21) for educational and support service programs. Migrant children may receive supplementary basic skills instruction, supportive health services, social service referrals and more through the Maine MEP.

The program, provided by No Child Left Behind/Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title I, Part C, aims to ensure that all migrant students reach challenging academic standards and graduate with a high school diploma (or complete the HiSET) that prepares them for responsible citizenship, further learning and productive employment. In order to achieve these goals, the MEP attempts to:

  1. Support high-quality and comprehensive educational programs for migrant children to help reduce the educational disruption and other problems that result from repeated moves
  2. Ensure that migrant children who move among the states are not penalized in any manner by disparities among the states in curriculum, graduation requirements, state academic content and student academic achievement standards
  3. Ensure that migrant children are provided with the appropriate educational services (including supportive services) that address their special needs in a coordinated and efficient manner
  4. Ensure that migrant children receive full and appropriate opportunities to meet the same challenging state academic content and student academic achievement standards that all children are expected to meet
  5. Design programs to help migrant children overcome educational disruption, cultural and language barriers, social isolation, various health-related problems and other factors that inhibit the ability of such children to do well in school, and to prepare such children to make a successful transition to post-secondary education or employment
  6. Ensure that migrant children benefit from state and local systemic reforms


Amelia Lyons
State Director, Migrant Education Program
Migrant Education Program