The purpose of the Migrant Education Program is to:
- support high-quality and comprehensive educational programs for migratory children to help reduce the educational disruptions and other problems that results from repeated moves;
- ensure that migratory children who move among the States are not penalized in any manner by disparities among the States in curriculum, graduations requirements, standards;]
- ensure that migratory children are provided with appropriate educational services (including supportive services) that address their special needs in a coordinated and efficient manner;
- ensure that migratory children receive full and appropriate opportunities to meet the same challenging State academic content and student academic achievement standards that all children are expected to meet;
- design programs to help migratory 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 and employment; and
- ensure that migratory children benefit from State and local systemic reforms.
(Elementary & Secondary Education Act, Title I, Part C, Section 1301-1309)
Migrant Education Program History Video, 2009
Maria Gaytan is the current Migrant Family Liaison in the Mountain Home School District. Maria has 13 years of experience as a migrant family liaison.
Maria is a pillar in the Mountain Home community. Her honest, hard work, and follow through with the "letter of the law" for migrant education has proven to be extremely important and valuable in ensuring the migrant students in the Mountain Home School District have the best educational opportunities. Maria is continuously assisting the families of migrant children to gain access to community healthcare and other support services. There have been countless times when Maria will drive migrant children to doctor, dental, and various other appointments in her own car to ensure that health needs are met to keep school absences to a minimal.
"I know I can call Mrs. Gaytan, and she will help me get the assistance I need for my children. She can help me to translate, she can go to parent meetings and conferences. She will come to my home and help me and my family when needed. She will often call to check if I have questions, and that everything is going ok for my children, at school. She lets u know when there are parent meetings we need to attend and to understand our rights—as parents."
Angelica Martinez, migrant parent