Migrant Education

Program Description
Since 1966, the Migrant Education Program has provided educational and supportive services to migrant children and their families.  Lexington Public Schools administers the MEP in Lexington, Nebraska.

Lexington Public School's Migrant Education Program consists of a group of educators, administrators, community workers, and recruiters that work together to support high-quality educational programs for migrant children.  MEP helps to counteract those interruptions in a child's education caused by the constant mobility of a migrant family while helping the parents adjust to the community they have recently moved to. 

Program Goal
Migrant Children who move frequently may have difficulty in school.  MEP services help migrant children adjust to their new school and keep up with their schoolwork.  As a result of these services, children are better prepared to enter school and succeed.  They are also more likely to graduate from high school and go on to college or employment.

Who the Program Serves

  • Any child, ages birth to age 22, that has not graduated from high school or does not hold a high school equivalency certificate.
  • The child 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.
  • The child has moved within the preceding 36 months in order to obtain or seek (or accompany or join) a parent, spouse, or guardian to obtain (or seek), temporary or seasonal employment in qualifying agricultural or fishing work.
  • Such employment is a principal means of livelihood; and the child has moved from one school district to another

The work must be directly related to the planting, cultivating, harvesting or processing of crops, the processing of dairy products, meats, fish or shellfish, or caring for livestock.  There are no ethnic, national origin, income or language requirements for the MEP.

Services Provided

  • Summer School - MEP offers a three week schooling program for students in grades K-5 that consists of educational activities along with support.
  • Pathway - MEP offers education for the entire family to educate, from the oldest member of the household to the youngest, with educators visiting the homes of the 0-3 year olds and a preschool for the 3 and 4 year olds. Additionally, giving the adults in the family a chance to learn English as a second language or get their High School Equivalency certificate in Spanish.
  • Free School Lunch - All Students who qualify for LPS MEP will receive free school breakfast and lunch.
  • Translations - MEP offers translating services to the migrant families and their children in Spanish, English, and Somalia.
  • Bilingual Liaison support - We offer services for families that need assistance with regards to housing, health care, transportation, job applications, and any other general information needed to help migrant families adjust to their new community for the time their stay.
  • Support for out of school youth - MEP in Lexington has social workers to track and help out of school youth who have not received their high school diploma or high school equivalency certificate.

Marni Baker, Migrant Coordinator
Alma Becerra- Migrant Community Liasion
Jaymie Hilliard - Regional Recruiter

For more information and to determine if you qualify for this program, please call 308-324-1219 or 308-324-1218.