Migrant Education Outreach Program
Congress authorized the Migrant Education Program to help migrant students
face the enormous challenges and obstacles they experience in obtaining
continuity in their education and completing school. Research has revealed
that migrant students are considered non-resident by schools, have difficulty
in obtaining short spans of instruction from schools, experience cultural
and language barriers, and often lack a sense of belonging and a connection
to their school and community.
Migrant children often function two or more grade levels behind their
peers. They are 20 percent less likely to continue their education past
the eighth grade and have a 50 percent chance of graduating high school.
Migrant children need special attention to compensate for the changes
in their environment.
The Migrant Education Program (MEP) is authorized by Title I, Part
C of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The MEP provides
formula grants to the state education agencies (SEAs) to establish or
improve programs of education for children of qualifying migrant workers.
These grants assist states in improving educational opportunities for
migrant children to help them succeed in the regular school program,
attain grade-level proficiency, and meet the challenging content and
student performance standards that all children are expected to master.
The Migrant Education Outreach Program (MEOP) was established as a
mechanism to reach migrant families who live in rural and urban school
districts and typically comprise a small percentage of these districts'
enrollments. A variety of educational support services and programs
, including family advocacy, individual tutoring, ESL classes for Out
of School Youth, educational field trips, Promesa Even Start, and Esperanza
Homeless are offered to eligible migrant children free of charge.
Homeless Support Services
Homeless Support Services provides, free of charge, several educational
and advocacy programs to support the education of children in temporary
living situations. Children who are living in Suffolk County and who
do not have a fixed, regular or adequate place to live are entitled
to certain protections under the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance
Act concerning their education. Advocacy is provided for students, (those
accompanied by their parents and those who are unaccompanied) parents
or anyone working for homeless children in Suffolk County, providing
a case by case evaluation and resolution of their needs. The Teacher
Liaison acts as a coordinator between schools and community agencies
to advocate for these ends. A network of school district Homeless Liaisons
and agency professionals meets 4 times a year for all concerned to learn
and to support each other for the rights of children under the law.
An early intervention program called Mobile-Outreach Parent-Child Home
Program serves families with preschool children through home-visiting
with an early literacy, language development and parent support program.
Homework help is provided in several shelters in Suffolk County to support
children in after-school learning. Professional development training
is provided county-wide. This office also serves as a clearinghouse
of printed information and resources for the success of homeless children
Parent-Child Home Program
The Parent-Child Home Program is designed to stimulate the development
of educationally at-risk Pre-K children. Trained Home Visitors model
to parents/caregivers how to talk and read to their two- and three-year-old
children, using developmentally appropriate books and toys. This family
literacy program is home-based and provides educational services for
each child, preparing him/her to enter pre-school at age four. Children
who complete the Parent-Child Home Program enter school ready to learn
and graduate from high school at the same rate as middle-income students.
This program provides services for 40 at-risk families, and funding
is through subscription in Suffolk County school districts. The Parent-Child
Home Program currently operates in Brentwood and Central Islip School