Migrant Education Program
Migrant Education Program

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What is the Migrant Education Program?
The MEP is a federally funded program that assists migratory farm worker students in achieving academic success. It is free and confidential.

Who Qualifies? 
Children and youth whose families have moved to Buncombe County* within the last three years in search of work in agriculture.  The MEP serves youth ages 3-21 who have not yet completed high school.
*This includes families who live in Buncombe County but migrate to other areas for part of the year. 

What does the word “migrant” mean?
A person who comes to Buncombe County seeking temporary or seasonal work in agriculture. This includes planting, picking, cultivating, harvesting, or packing agricultural products or working on a dairy farm or nursery.


  • Why does this Program exist?
    Migrant work is by definition temporary or seasonal, creating difficulties for migrant families who move frequently. Students face significant barriers to education and healthcare, including:
      ~ Interrupted schooling due to frequent moves
    ~ Unfamiliarity with the U.S. or local educational system
    ~ Limited English proficiency 
    ~ Parents can't help with school assignments
    ~ Does not know where to go for help with social services and medical issues


    What does the program offer eligible students?
  •   ~ Home visits to explain the program and connect the family to community resources
  • ~ Interpreters for parent-teacher conferences and school or community events
  • ~ Parent meetings to discuss ways to help students succeed in school
  • ~ Academic help - which might include summer programming, tutoring, or other activities and follow-up on student progress
  • ~ School supplies
  • ~ Help finding health resources and transportation to medical appointments
  • ~ Free books and materials for English language learning or improving content area skills (reading or math, e.g.) 
  • ~ Assistance in transferring records to new schools

Whom do I call to refer a family to the MEP or for more information?
Nancy Moore, Coordinator - 828.255.5998
J. Rosario Villarreal, Recruiter and Family Liaison - 828.777.2297
Ginny Barrett, Director of Federal Programs - 828.255.5966

We welcome the opportunity to speak with you about the program.

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