1299 E. 32nd St.
Signal Hill, CA 90755
(562) 997-8000 x.2960
Migrant Education Program - Administration
|Contact||Phone / Address||Position / Responsibility|
|Martha Ensminger||(562) 997-8638||Program Coordinator
Migrant Education Coordinator
Migrant Education Program - Staff
|Contact||Phone / Address||Position / Responsibility|
|Veronica Rojero||(562) 424-7041||Recruiter|
The mission of the LBUSD Migrant Education Program is to help migrant students and youth meet high academic challenges by overcoming the obstacles created by frequent moves, educational disruption, cultural and language differences and health-related problems.
To provide equitable resources to ensure that all migrant children/youth are postsecondary and workforce ready and that all families are empowered to succeed.
The Migrant Education Program is a federally-funded educational program intended to support high quality education programs for migratory children. It also ensures that students ages 3 through 21 are not only provided with appropriate education services that address their special needs but also that they receive appropriate opportunities to meet the challenging state academic content and achievement standards that all children are expected to meet.
- Support high-quality and comprehensive educational programs for migratory children to help reduce the educational disruption and other problems that result from repeated moves;
- Ensure that migratory children who move among the states are not penalized in any manner by disparities among the states in curriculum, graduation requirements, and state academic content and student academic achievement standards;
- Ensure that migratory children are provided with appropriate educational services (including supportive services) that address their special needs in a coordinated and efficient manner;
- Ensure that migratory children receive full and appropriate opportunities to meet the same challenging state academic content and achievement standards that all children are expected to meet; and
- Design programs to help migratory children overcome educational disruption, cultural and language barriers, social isolation, various health-related problems, and other factors that inhibit the ability of such children to make a successful transition to postsecondary education or employment.
Eligibility Requirements for Participation
A child is considered "migrant" if the parent or guardian is a migratory worker in the agricultural, dairy, lumber, or fishing industries and whose family has moved during the past three years. A "qualifying" move can range from moving across school district boundaries or from one state to another for the purpose of finding temporary or seasonal employment. A young adult may also qualify if he or she has moved on his own for the same reasons. The eligibility period is three years from the date of the last move. Eligibility is established through an interview conducted by a Migrant Education recruiter who visits both home and employment locations where migrant workers are employed. The law states that migrant education services are a priority for those students whose education has been interrupted during the current school year and who are failing, or are most at risk of failing to meet state content and performance standards.
Support Services Available
Health Services – Through the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE), Dental Screening and Dental Clinics are provided to Migrant students with the greatest need. Where other medical concerns exist, referrals are made to L.A.C.O.E.’s Health Coordinator who, in turn, finds medical services for the students and their families.
Parent Involvement – Parent trainings and workshops are provided throughout the year. These include, Early Literacy and Math Skills, Parents Supporting the Common Core, Reading with a Purpose, Understanding the Testing Process, College and Career Readiness, Family Math, Family Reading, Family Science and parenting skill workshops.
Migrant parents are also actively involved as members and participants in the Parent Advisory Council.
District Programs Available
Saturday School Classes
Our supplemental curriculum is aligned to the newly adopted Common Core State Standards in Language Arts and Mathematics. It is research-based, and contains high interest content and concepts. Our classes focus on Language Arts, Math, Art, and STEM. The Saturday School Classes are available for migrant students in Kinder through 12th grade.
In addition, we also offer an instrumental guitar class for migrant students in 5th through 12th grade.
Migrant Education School Readiness Program
A vital component of our School Readiness Program is the participation of migrant parents in the education of their pre-school children. Parents are required to participate in the adult education component of the MESR Program. The family education model is designed to assist migrant parents by providing instruction on early literacy and math skills to support their children’s academic success.
The School Readiness Program is available to migrant pre-school students’ ages 3 to 5 years of age.
Migrant students, grades K-12, are invited to attend summer school at a selected site. Students in grades K-12 participate in an intensive two week Writers’ Institute where students work through the writing process to publish a book.
In addition, students participate in a two week STEM Academy to develop 21st century skills needed to lead in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Students develop problem-solving skills using a hands-on approach in a fun and interactive way.