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Migrant Education is a national program that provides educational and support services to eligible migrant children each year. These services help children of migrant workers overcome the disadvantages they face, including disruption to their education.
The Migrant Education Program grew out of the Title 1 program of Public Law 89-10, passed in 1965, to help all disadvantaged children. The Migrant Education Program was established separately by an amendment to Title 1 in 1966 to provide additional services over and above Title 1. The law to continue the Migrant Education Program has been reauthorized every five years since that time. The latest reauthorization was in 2001 under Part C of Title 1 of "No Child Left Behind".
Migrant Education Region III operates under the auspices of the Merced County Office of Education. The Region is divided into three administrative offices located in Merced, Madera, and Stanislaus counties. Staff in these offices provide support for services in each county.
The program identifies over 10,000 migrant students. Over two-thirds of the children receive supplemental health and instructional services. These services are provided through agreements with 34 districts in the three counties.