The Migrant Education Services Center is in Plant City, Florida, and serves migrant students and families in Hillsborough County Public Schools.
The identification and recruitment of migrant families is accomplished through the proper and timely identification and recruitment of eligible students and the completion of a Certificate of Eligibility.
The definition of a migratory child is:
- The child is younger than 22
- The child has not graduated from high school or does not hold a high school equivalency certificate; and
- The child has made a qualifying move within the preceding 36 months
- Due to economic necessity AND
- From one residence to another residence AND
- From one district to another district AND
- The child moved as a worker, with a worker, to join or precede a parent/guardian or spouse who is a worker.
The provision of services is at a sufficient level of quality and intensity to give a reasonable promise of meeting the needs of the children being served. The services are provided by certified teachers, migrant advocates, and migrant recruiters.
The Migrant Education Program:
- Promotes the well-being of migrant children.
- Identifies migrant students with health and/or dental needs to facilitate referrals and services to health and dental providers.
- Provides social services such as assistance in securing housing, food, and/or clothing for migrant families.
Migrant Advocates provide information, guidance and support to migrant students and their families to facilitate their academic success.
Migrant Advocates establish collaborative partnerships with teachers, counselors, administrators, special program staff, parents, and community agencies to ensure that migrant students attend school and have access to appropriate programs and resources.