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Resources – OME


The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) is administered by the Department, through a contract to a joint venture of the American Institutes for Research and the Campbell Collaboration.

The Education Resources Information Center, (ERIC) sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education, produces the world’s premier database of journal and non-journal education literature. The ERIC bibliographic database of more than 1.1 million citations goes back to 1966. More than 107,000 full-text journal documents (issued from 1993-2004), previously available through fee-based services only, are now available for free. ERIC is moving forward with its modernization program, and has begun acquiring materials to add to the database.

Technical Assistance Resources

ED’s National Public School and School District Locator The locator is an online search engine that allows viewers to search for particular schools and pull up profiles on those schools and school districts (e.g., name, address, phone number, and type of locale) and selected demographic characteristics of students, staff, and the community.

Education Resource Organizations Directory (EROD) This directory includes of organizations that provide services on a state, regional, or national level.

Comprehensive Regional Technical Assistance Centers – The U.S. Department of Education Comprehensive Centers program awards discretionary grants to establish comprehensive technical assistance centers to help low-performing schools and districts close achievement gaps and meet the goals of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Section 203 of Title II of the Educational Technical Assistance Act of 2002 (TA Act) authorizes the Department to establish centers to provide technical assistance to States to benefit school districts and schools, especially those in need of improvement.

Regional Education Laboratories – The Regional Educational Laboratory Program (the “Lab” program”) is the U.S. Department of Education’s largest research and development investment designed to help educators, policy-makers, and communities improve schools and help all students attain their full potential. The network of 10 Regional Laboratories works to ensure that those involved in educational improvement at the local, State and regional levels have access to the best available research and knowledge from practice.

Regional Technology in Education Consortia (R*TEC) – The Regional Technology in Education Consortia (R*TEC) program was established to help States, local educational agencies, teachers, school library and media personnel, administrators, and other education entities successfully integrate technologies into kindergarten through 12th grade (K-12) classrooms, library media centers, and other educational settings, including adult literacy centers.

Related Programs

Title I, Part A (Basic Program) – Title I Part A provides assistance to improve the teaching and learning of children in high-poverty schools to enable those children to meet challenging State academic content and performance standards. It is the largest elementary and secondary education program in the Federal government. Title I is designed to support State and local school reform efforts tied to challenging State academic standards in order to reinforce and amplify efforts to improve teaching and learning for students farthest from meeting State standards.

Learn more about Title I and the other programs administered by the Office of Student Achievement and School Accountability (SASA).

Office of English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement for Limited English Proficient Students (OELA-formerly the Office of Bilingual Education and Language Minority Affairs (OBEMLA)) – OELA provides national leadership in promoting high-quality education for the nation’s population of English language learners (ELLs).

Vocational Rehabilitation Service Projects Program for Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers with Disabilities – The Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers Program makes comprehensive vocational rehabilitation (VR) services available to migrant or seasonal farmworkers with disabilities for the purpose of increasing employment opportunities. Emphasis is given to outreach, specialized bilingual rehabilitation counseling and coordination of VR services with services from other sources. Projects provide VR services to migrant and seasonal farmworkers and to members of their families when such services will contribute to the rehabilitation of the worker with a disability.

The Migrant Health Program (MHP) provides grants to community nonprofit organizations a list of linguistically competent medical and support services to migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families.

Migrant Head Start (MHS) is a national program that provides comprehensive developmental services for America’s migrant pre-school children ages three to five and social services for their families. Community-based non-profit organizations and school systems develop unique and innovative programs to meet the specific needs of migrant farmworker families. In addition to providing the same services that the larger general Head Start Program delivers, the Migrant Head Start program has a unique emphasis on serving infants and toddlers as well as pre-school age children, so that they will not have to be cared for in the fields or left in the care of very young siblings while parents are working.

White House Initiatives-

The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans was established on October 12, 2001 by President George W. Bush. The Initiative advises the U.S. Secretary of Education and provides support to the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans. The Commission’s key objectives are to strengthen the nation’s capacity to provide high-quality education, and increase opportunities for Hispanic Americans to participate in and benefit from Federal education programs.

The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders was established on October 14, 2009 by President Barack Obama. The President’s Advisory Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islanders address issues concerning the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. The Interagency Working Group, representing 24 federal agencies and offices, is charged with increasing the AAPI community’s access to federal resources.

The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans was established on July 26, 2012 by President Barack Obama. The cross-agency effort is aimed at identifying evidence-based practices that improve student achievement, and develop a national network that shares best practices in order to “improve educational outcomes for African Americans of all ages, and to help ensure that all African Americans receive an education that properly prepares them for college, productive careers, and satisfying lives.”

The White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education was establish on December 2, 2011 by President Barack Obama. The Initiative seeks to support activities that will strengthen the Nation by expanding education opportunities and improving education outcomes for all American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AM) students. It is committed to furthering tribal self-determination and ensuring AI/AN students, at all levels of education, have an opportunity to learn their Native languages and histories, receive complete and competitive educations, preparing them for college, careers and productive and satisfying lives.

Programs and Grants – OME

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College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP)
High School Equivalency Program (HEP)
MEP Consortium Incentive Grants
Migrant Education Even Start (MEES)
Title I Migrant Education Program (MEP)

College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) – Assists migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their children to successfully complete the first undergraduate year of study in a college or university, and provides follow-up services to help students continue in postsecondary education.

High School Equivalency Program (HEP) – Assists migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their children who are 16 years of age or older to obtain a General Education Development (GED) certificate or the equivalent to a high school diploma and subsequently to gain employment in a career position or the military or entry into postsecondary education. Since most HEP programs are located at Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs), migrant and seasonal farmworkers also have opportunities to attend cultural events, academic programs, and other educational and cultural activities usually not available to them.

MEP Consortium Incentive Grants – On an annual basis, the Secretary may reserve up to $3 million to award grants to State educational agencies (SEAs) that participate in a consortium arrangement with another State or appropriate entity to improve the delivery of services to migrant children whose education is interrupted. The grants are used by the SEAs to provide additional direct educational and support services to migrant children.

Migrant Education Even Start (MEES) – MEES is designed to help break the cycle of poverty and improve the literacy of participating migrant families by integrating early childhood education, parenting education, and adult literacy or adult basic education (including English language training, as appropriate) into a unified family literacy program. MEES is funded from a three percent set-aside under the Even Start Family Literacy State Grants program. Grants are made directly to projects in areas that include significant concentrations of migrant agricultural families with children from birth through 3 years of age.

Title I Migrant Education Program (MEP) – The MEP provides formula grants to State educational agencies (SEAs) to establish or improve programs of education for migratory children. The overarching purpose of the MEP is to ensure that children of migrant workers have access to and benefit from the same free, appropriate public education, including public preschool education, provided to other children. To achieve this purpose, MEP funds help state and local educational agencies remove barriers to the school enrollment, attendance, and achievement of migrant children.

Migrant Education Listserv – OME

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You Are Invited To Join Our Migrant Education Listserv!

The Migrant Education Listserv is a free service offered by the Office of Migrant Education to keep members of the migrant education community up-to-date on information that is relevant to the Title I Migrant Education Program.

The listserv covers topics like:

  • new grant programs and grant opportunities
  • key legislative, regulatory and policy changes
  • new reports, studies, evaluations, publications and/or resources
  • the OME mission: to provide excellent leadership, technical assistance and financial support to improve the educational opportunities and academic success of migrant children, youth, agricultural workers, and their families.

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About Us – OME


About Our Office

The Office of Migrant Education (OME) administers programs that
provide academic and supportive services to the children of families
who migrate to find work in the agricultural and fishing industries. The programs are designed to help migrant children, who
are uniquely affected by the combined effects of poverty, language,
cultural barriers, and the migratory lifestyle, to meet the same
challenging academic content and student academic achievement
standards that are expected of all children.

Office Address

Office of Migrant Education
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW, LBJ-3E317
Washington, DC 20202-6135
Phone:(202) 260-1164 FAX: (202) 205-0089

Contact Our Staff

Program Director’s Office

Name Title Room Phone Number
Lisa Gillette Director 3E317 202-260-1164
Cassandra McCord-Jones Program Support Assistant 3E319 202-260-1976

MEP Team

Name Title Room Phone Number
Patricia Meyertholen Group Leader and MSIX Project Manager 3E315 202-260-1394
Name Title Room Phone Number
Sarah Martinez Program Officer 3E343 202-260-1334


Name Title Room Phone Number
Millie Bentley-Memon Group Leader 3E311 202-401-1427
Name Title Room Phone Number
Emily Bank HEP/CAMP 3E338 202-453-6389
Steven Carr HEP/CAMP 3E321 202-260-2067
Preeti Choudhary HEP/CAMP 3E339 202-453-5736
Carla Kirksey HEP/CAMP 3E337 202-260-2114
Ed  Monaghan MEP/HEP/CAMP 3E346 202-260-2823
Nathan Weiss Team Leader 3E311 202-260-7496
Preeti Choudhary Data and Evaluation Team 3E339 202-453-5736


general demographic information on migrant workers and agriculture

National Agricultural Workers Survey (NAWS) – The U.S. Department of Labor is the only national information source on the demographics and working and living conditions of U.S. farmworkers. Since the NAWS began surveying farmworkers in 1988, it has collected information from over 25,000 workers. The survey samples all crop farmworkers in three cycles each year in order to capture the seasonality of the work. The NAWS locates and samples workers at their work sites, avoiding the well-publicized undercount of this difficult-to-find population. During the initial contact, arrangements are made to interview the respondent at home or at another convenient location.

U.S.Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Survey (NASS), Census of Agriculture – The census of agriculture is a complete accounting of United States agricultural production. It is the only source of uniform, comprehensive agricultural data for every county in the Nation. The census includes as a farm every place from which $1,000 or more of agricultural products were produced and sold or normally would have been sold during the census year. The census of agriculture is taken every five years covering the years ending in “2”; and “7.”

general education publications and products

General Education Publications and Products – The U.S. Department of Education publishes a wealth of information for teachers, administrators, policymakers, researchers, parents, students, and others with a stake in education. Learn more about publications available through the Department.

other resources

The Office of Migrant Education provides links to clearinghouses, technical assistance resources and related programs.

Legislation, Regulations and Guidance


Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended, Title I, Part C, Sec. 1308; 20 U.S.C. 6398.


Program regulations are found at EDGAR; 34 CFR 200.

Funding Status


Appropriation: Up to $10,000,000
Number of New Awards Anticipated: 20 consortium incentive grants; 1 Migrant Education Coordination
Support contract; 1 Migrant Student Information Exchange (MSIX) Independent Verification and Validation
(IV&V) and Management Support Contract (also known as the MSIX Acquisition Support Contract); 49 MSIX
State Data Quality Grants
Number of Continuation Awards: 2 contracts


Appropriation: Up to $10,000,000


Appropriation: Up to $10,000,000
Number of New Awards Anticipated: 39 consortium incentive grants to state education agencies
Number of Continuation Awards: 3 contracts


Appropriation: Up to $10,000,000


Appropriation: $10,000,000

Appropriation: $563,312
Number of New Awards: None


Funding Level: $547,465

Note: Migrant coordination activities are funded from a set-aside of up to $10,000,000 from the annual appropriation for the migrant education program. See also Education of Migratory Children (# 84.011), also under the topical heading "Migrant Education."


Who May Apply: (by category) Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs), Local Education Agencies (LEAs), Nonprofit Organizations, State Education Agencies (SEAs)

Migrant Education Coordination Support Center


Grants and contracts that will be funded in FY 2008 include:

(1) Consortium Incentive Grants, which support multistate consortia for improving coordination in eight areas of
need (i.e., improving the identification and recruitment of eligible migrant children; using scientifically based
research to improve school readiness; improving reading and math proficiency; decreasing the dropout rate;
improving high school completion rates; strengthening the involvement of parents; expanding access to innovative
technologies; and improving the education attainment of out-of-school migratory youths);
technologies; and improving the education attainment of out-of-school migratory youths);
(2) the Migrant Education Resource Center (MERC) known as RESULTS supports initiatives related to interstate and intrastate coordination of the MEP through enhanced communications between MEP stakeholders via a website and other media; presentations on topics relevant to the MEP; and production of a literature review of MEP and related resources;
(3) the Migrant Education Coordination Support Contract (now under our MERC contract as well), a logistical support contract to organize and implement
effective meetings and recommend and procure subject matter experts in support of national interstate
coordination initiatives;
(4) the MSIX, which links state migrant student record systems to electronically exchange academic and
health-related information on a national basis;
(5) the MSIX IV&V and Management Support Contract, which provides independent oversight of the MSIX
contractors’ performance and assistance with investment acquisition, management, and oversight activities; and
(6) the MSIX State Data Quality Grants, which additional resources to SEAs receiving MEP will provide Basic
State Formula Grant awards in order to assist them and their local operating agencies (LOAs) in implementing the
interstate exchange of migrant children’s records electronically through the MSIX.