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Title I Part C North Dakota Migrant Education Program

Sandy Peterson, Program Administrator
Phone: (701) 328-2170
Fax: (701) 328-0203



The Migrant Education Program is a national program that annually provides supplemental education and supportive services to approximately 800,000 eligible migrant children across the country to help them overcome educational disruptions and disadvantages which result from the culture of migrants.  Since migrant children have specific needs, they require special help and services. The federal Migrant Education Program was initially created as part of Lyndon Johnson’s war on poverty in the 1960’s.

The Goal of the North Dakota Migrant Education Program (MEP) is to provide leadership to the field regarding programs and services that promote academic excellence and equity for the migrant students of North Dakota. To achieve this goal, the North Dakota MEP strives to create conditions which empower educators working with migrant children to collaborate in designing programs which build upon student strengths, eliminate barriers, provide continuity of education, and produce levels of performance for migrant students that meet or exceed those of the general student population.

Migratory Child: A child who is, or whose parent or spouse is, a migratory agricultural worker and who in the preceding 36 months in order to obtain, temporary or seasonal employment in agricultural or fishing work and has moved from one school district to another. A child/youth is eligible up until their 21st birthday or until they obtain their high school diploma or its equivalent.

In North Dakota, migrant families who qualify for the Migrant Education Program (MEP) under federal guidelines work in agricultural-related fields such as: dairy, bee keeper, sugar beets, potatoes, and farm labor. North Dakota MEP is 100% federally funded.  Under this mandate, the federal funds that North Dakota receives are distributed to the Manvel and Grafton school districts. The state has identified the greatest need for services are during the summer; therefore, North Dakota operates summer migrant programs only.

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Kirsten Baesler, State Superintendent
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Bismarck, North Dakota 58505-0440

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