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Before/Afterschool /Saturday Tutoring – As a supplemental program, PA-MEP's main priority is to connect students with afterschool programs provided by the school or community. PA-MEP staff ensures that students who have a reading and/or math need and who meet the eligibility criteria, enroll in those programs first. Follow-up is provided to ensure attendance and progress of migrant students. If students are not eligible for other programs or no other programs are available, PA-MEP provides tutoring beyond school hours. Tutoring may also be provided to those students who, despite attending another program, are not making progress. Some tutoring may be done in-home on a one-on-one basis.

Summer School – PA-MEP has award-winning supplemental summer programs. The National Summer Learning Association recognized PA-MEP with the Summer Excellence Award in 2011. Since the 1960's, the PA-MEP has been providing exemplary summer programs for the children of migrant farmworkers. PA-MEP's summer programs are essential in preventing the "summer backslide," wherein English Language Learners and children from low income households can lose up to three months growth in reading during the summer months. The PA-MEP summer program utilizes a thematic unit focus with resources developed to support primary content areas of math, language arts/reading, science, history or geography. Arts and music play an important role at each site, as well as technology. In many sites ecology, green living and service learning are incorporated. We view our comprehensive programming as a model for schools rather than the reverse. Our students are confident in their environment where culture, language and diversity is expected and respected. Programs operate typically for four or five weeks, for four to five days, with six instructional hours per day. All campus programs require a minimum of 110 hours of instruction each summer. The content, i.e. curriculum changes each summer so eligible MEP students can attend for 3 years and not repeat content. Our program does include transition grades: 5 year olds attending Kindergarten the following school year; students going from elementary into middle school and from middle school into high school. We also have credit accrual programs so that students that have had school year interruption complete high school in time. Physical activity (PE) is typically between 30 minutes to an hour each day and includes swimming, soccer and PE. Partnerships with many school districts and agencies provide students with a richer experience. Parent involvement and culmination activities are part of every program.

Regular Term – During the regular school term, PA-MEP staff checks on student progress and facilitates enrollment in in-school/out-of-school educational opportunities that will assist migrant student progress. PA-MEP staff also assists with registration and act as liaisons with the school to ensure participation in parent involvement and other activities (e.g. parent-teacher conferences). See also, before/afterschool/Saturday tutoring.

Life Skills and Reconnection – PA-MEP serves out-of-school youth (OSY), which are youth younger than 22 who have not graduated from high school or completed their GED. Throughout the year, OSY are provided with English as a Second Language (ESL) and life-skill lessons that will enable them to get acquainted with life in America and prepare them for high school reconnection or GED. For many youth, work is their first priority. OSY service providers have to be creative to engage this population. Services can be provided at places of employment, schools or in-home.

Preschool Services – The main goal of preschool services is to prepare students for Kindergarten. First, we try to enroll students in developmentally-appropriate and Keystone-certified programs. If students are not admitted or placed in a waiting list, PA-MEP staff provides center-based or in-home learning. Each migrant student ages 3-5 are assessed using the Migrant School Readiness Checklist. Students receive an initial, school year and summer assessment to indicate their level of preparedness for Kindergarten. Parents are part of this assessment. They are encouraged to participate in in-home activities with their children, as their child's first teacher.

For additional information, please contact:

Migrant Education |
Pennsylvania Department of Education - Bureau of Teaching and Learning, Division of Student Services
333 Market Street | Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
Phone: 717.783.6466
ra-migranted@pa.gov | www.education.state.pa.us