Migrant Education

For over 50 years, the USDE Office of Migrant Education has provided funds for supplemental academic and supportive services to the children of families who migrate to find work in the agricultural and fishing industries.

Program Goal

The purpose of the program is to provide migratory children, younger than 22, with the opportunity to meet the same challenging State content and performance standards that the State has established for all children.

Region 13 addresses the program goal by doing the following:

  • Providing staff development and technical assistance to districts with Title I, Part C funds
  • Working collaboratively with other ESCs and States to foster instructional continuity and facilitate attainment of the objectives of the Texas Migrant Education Program as specified in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)


In analyzing eligibility criteria, it helps to proceed with the understanding that all criteria must be met in order to identify and recruit a child as legally eligible for the Migrant Education Program. Eligibility criteria for migratory children can be described using five basic elements: WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHY, and WHEN.

A child who is, or whose parent, spouse, or guardian, is a migratory agricultural worker,or migratory fisher;
has moved;
from one school district to another; or, in a state that is comprised of a single school district, has moved from one school administrative area to another within such district;
in order to obtain, or accompany such parent, spouse, or guardian in order to obtain, temporary or seasonal employment in agricultural or fishing work that serves as a principal means of livelihood for the worker and his or her family;
within the preceding 36 months;