Section 1306(a)(1) of Title I, Part C of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires State Education Agencies (SEAs) and their local operating agencies to identify and address the unique educational needs of migratory students. The purpose of the Title I, Part C Migrant Education Program is to design programs that help migratory children overcome educational disruption, cultural and language barriers, social isolation, health-related problems, and other factors inhibiting migratory children from doing well in school and making the transition to postsecondary education or employment [Title I, Part C, Sec. 1301(5)]. The goal of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) Migrant Education Program (MEP) is to improve migratory students’ academic success by providing supplemental educational programming and services to migratory children ages three through twenty-one.
Wisconsin restructured the MEP into a regional summer model in July 2018. See the 2018-21 Service Delivery Plan for further detail. Subgrantees for the regional summer program are determined through a grant application process. Services for children include school readiness for preschool, literacy and mathematics for K-8 students, and credit accrual and leadership opportunities for high school students and out-of-school youth (OSY). Services are focused on the individual needs of the students in the programs.