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Identification & Recruitment
  •  In Texas, migrant children and youth are identified and recruited for the Migrant Education Program (MEP) through a face-to-face interview process.
  • A Certificate of Eligibility (COE) form is completed during each interview. The COE is an official, legal document that contains all of the information needed to determine eligibility.
  • By enrolling eligible students in the MEP
    • Recruiters help migrant students obtain the educational assistance they need.
    • Migrant students have more resources available to help lessen the negative educational consequences associated with migration.
    • Recruiters have the opportunity to connect migrant children to the greatest number of educational services.
      •  Specific conditions in order to be considered a “migratory child
        • WHO
          • Is the child under the age of 22? 
          • Is the child lacking a U.S.-issued high school diploma or equivalency certificate?
          • Is the child, or does the child have a parent, guardian or a spouse who is, a migratory agricultural worker or migratory fisher?
            • WHAT
              • What is the qualifying temporary employment or seasonal employment in agriculture or fishing?
                • WHERE
                  • Did the family move due to economic necessity from one school district to another?
                    • WHY
                      • Was one of the purposes of the move to seek or obtain qualifying work?
                        •  WHEN
                          • Did the child move on his/her own or move to accompany, or join a parent, spouse or guardian, within the preceding 36 months?   

                              If the answer to all of these questions is “Yes,” then a qualifying move has been made and the child(ren) is (are) eligible for recruitment into the MEP.

              Program Contact

              Marisol Mancha
              (903) 988-6847
              (903) 988-6860 (fax)