Migrant Education Program: Region 16

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The Migrant Education Program is funded with a federal grant from the Oregon Department of Education to Willamette Education Service District. The Program serves migrant families with children ages 3 to their 22nd birthday (without high school diploma or GED). Region 16 serves a geographical area which includes the following six counties of Marion, Polk, Yamhill, Linn, Benton and Lincoln.  Approximately 1,600 migrant students will be served.

Who Qualifies for the Migrant Education Program?
To qualify for the migrant education program, a migrant child must have moved within the past thirty-six months across school district lines with a parent, guardian, spouse, or a member of the child’s immediate family in order to obtain temporary or seasonal employment in qualifying agricultural or fishing work as a principal means of livelihood. A “migrant child” remains eligible for three years after his/her family’s last qualifying arrival date.

Why Provide Special Help to Migrant Children?
Most school programs (including those supported by Title 1, Part C) are set up on a nine-month academic year. However, when migrant children move with their families, their education is interrupted, often many times a year. Some may come with large families with inadequate living conditions and migrant farmworker families have an average annual income below the poverty level. Poor nutrition, housing, and sanitary conditions may cause a high incidence of health problems. Migrant children may have limited English skills and /or little experience with success at school. These facts, combined with irregular attendance often lead frustration and low academic performance, causing many migrant children to drop out in their early teens.

However, migrant children can be helped to enjoy school and overcome these difficulties through the Migrant Education Program. Migrant children can achieve a quality education and develop skills and options for the future, increase self confidence and self esteem, and contribute to the well being of communities in which they live.