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The general purpose of the Migrant Education Program (MEP) is to ensure that children of migrant workers have access to the same free, appropriate public education, including public pre-school education, provided to their children. To achieve this purpose, the MEP helps state and local education agencies remove barriers to the school enrollment, attendance, and achievement of migrant children. More specifically, the statutory purposes of the Migrant Education Program are to:

  • Ensure that migrant children have the opportunity to meet the same challenging state content standards and challenging state student performance standards that all children are expected to meet;

  • Support high quality and comprehensive educational programs to migrant children to help reduce the educational disruption and other problems that result from repeated moves;

  • Ensure that migrant children are provided with appropriate educational services (including supportive services) that address their special needs in a coordinated and efficient manner;

  • 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 postsecondary education or employment; and

  • Ensure that migrant children benefit from state and local systemic reforms.

Program Services

  • Academic Services

  • Counseling Services

  • Family Support

  • Health Services

  • Referral Services

*NOTE: This program is sponsored under the auspices of Title I, P.L. 103-382, Part C of the Improving America’s Schools Act of 1994 (IASA), enacted: October 20, 1994.  This statute amends and extends the preceding Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), P.L. 100-297.

All Migrant Questions Email @

Ms. Yelina Jimenez 
Migrant Recruiter
(973) 885-1648

Ms. Michelle Morales
Part-Time Migrant Recruiter
(973) 849-7441

Mrs. Genesis Sanchez-Jerez
Part-Time Migrant Recruiter

Mr. Jamie E. Ciofalo 
(973) 405-6262



Children who are migrants & have had the basis for the MEP eligibility properly recorded may receive services. A child is eligible for MEP services if he or she:​

  • Is younger than 22 (and has not graduated from high school or does not hold a high school equivalency certificate), but, if the child is too young to attend school-sponsored programs, is old enough to benefit from an organized instructional program; AND

  • Is a migrant agricultural worker or a migrant fisher OR has a parent, spouse, or guardian who is a migrant agricultural worker or a migrant fisher; AND

  • Performs, or has a parent, spouse, or guardian who performs, qualifying agricultural or fishing employment as a principal means of livelihood; AND

  • Has moved within the preceding 36 months to obtain, or to accompany or join a parent, spouse, or guardian to obtain, temporary or seasonal employment in agricultural of fishing work; AND

  • Has moved from one school district to another.


The goals of the Migrant Education Program are:


  • To identify, recruit and enroll eligible migrant children in school and in the Migrant Education Program, immediately upon their arrival in New Jersey.

  • To assess the needs of the population in academic subject areas.

  • To design and implement a coordinated delivery system of programs and services that will enable migrant children to meet the same content and student performance standards that all children are expected to meet.

  • To involve school personnel and parents in the planning, operating and evaluating of the migrant education program and projects, including the establishment of local advisory councils.

  • To transfer student records and other information about migrant children on an interstate and intrastate basis.

  • To coordinate the Migrant Education Program with other programs and agencies that provides services for the population.

  • To provide the necessary health and other support services necessary for successful participation in instructional activities.

  • To provide necessary skills training and development to staff, parents and other appropriate persons.

  • To disseminate information regarding the education of migrant children to special audiences and to the general public.

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