The Maine Migrant Education Program (MEP) provides migrant students with several educational support services. These include summer programs, tutoring programs and other opportunities to meet each child’s specific need. For more information about any of the following services, contact the Maine Migrant Education State Director.
In order for a child to be entitled to MEP services, they must meet federal eligibility requirements. To be eligible children must be under the age of 22 and have moved within the last 36 months out of economic necessity with or as a worker in temporary or seasonal employment in the fields of agriculture or fishing. The child must not already have a high school diploma or a GED.
The Maine MEP coordinates summer opportunities for migrant children in the state.
- Blueberry Harvest School. The Blueberry Harvest School is an educational summer program for children (ages three to 13) who are eligible for the Maine MEP. The program provides transportation, meals and other services to participating children. Mano en Mano will be facilitating the Blueberry Harvest School during the summer of 2013, and you may visit their website for more information.
- Other Programs. The Maine MEP may be able to coordinate additional summer educational activities for migrant children. These opportunities are decided upon on a case-by-case basis.
Services for In-School Children & Youth
- Advocacy. The Maine MEP acts as an advocate for the children and families of migrant workers in schools, districts and elsewhere to ensure that students are receiving the services for which they are eligible.
- After-School Educational Programs. After-school tutoring and other educational support services for migrant children may be available and vary by location.
- Preschool & Daycare Services. In some cases, the Maine MEP may be able to provide or contribute to preschool and daycare services in order to facilitate the educational needs of eligible migrant parents or siblings.
- Referral to Outside Providers/Agencies. The Maine MEP works with several other State agencies and community partners to connect migrant workers and their families to educational and other support services.
- Transportation. Depending on a child's circumstances, the Maine MEP may be able to provide transportation for eligible students to and from MEP-related activities and services.
Services for Out-of-School Children & Youth
The Maine MEP helps eligible children meet their educational goals if they have left school for work. The Maine High School Equivalency Program offers information and support for students seeking to obtain a high school diploma or its equivalent.