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
Robert Gomez is the current Migrant Family Liaison in the Minidoka County School District. Robert has 24 years of experience as a migrant family liaison. He also serves as the Region 6 Regional IDR Coordinator.
Robert has a number of qualities that set him apart from other educational advocates. He brings a wealth of knowledge, through his years of experience, and has a unique perspective on the needs of migrant families. These characteristics enable him to communicate on a more personal level with families in order to address barriers to student success. His greatest contributions have come from his efforts to help start the migrant pre-school program, to identify and assist out-of-school youth, and to actively seek and identify new migrant students. Minidoka's migrant pre-school is in its second year and very successful. Currently there are 33 students enrolled and Robert was instrumental in getting them registered. Robert has gathered supplies and resources to assist several migrant out-of-school youth that were identified. The Migrant Education Program in Minidoka is a great success due to Robert's assistance and continued efforts in identifying and recruiting.