Migrant Education Program
Migrant Education is a federally funded supplemental program which is designed to serve the needs of the migrant child. The Glendale Elementary School District Migrant program has been serving our community since 1991.
The term “migratory child” means a child, who is, or whose parent/guardian is migratory agricultural worker and who has moved from one school district to another in the proceeding 36 months in order to obtain temporary or seasonal employment.
The children of migrant farm workers face many obstacles as they pursue an education. They experience numerous school interruptions, cramped housing conditions, poor nutrition, unresolved health problems and financial responsibilities. The migrant child has the same needs as all children, but these needs can be compounded by high mobility, language difficulties and culture differences. These factors can cause gaps or lack of continuity in the child’s education.
The Migrant Program provides services for school-aged children. The program focuses on providing instructional and supplemental services to the families and encourages parent involvement in school and program activities. Some examples of the services the Glendale Migrant Child Education Program provides are:
- After School Tutoring Programs-schools offer after school programs for literacy, ESL, and Math programs for students that need the extra practice and reinforcement. Migrant staff will refer the student to one of the school programs offered at the student’s school site. Parents will be assisted on completing the registration form. The Migrant staff will also monitor student attendance and academic progress in the program.
- Parent Involvement – Parents are encouraged to participate in their child’s education through the Family Literacy program. English as a Second Language classes, parent workshops, MPAC and SMPAC (Migrant Program Advisory Council at local and State level), and counseling.
- Summer Activities – Summer school, ESL, Math, ASU Conexiones (technology) and Family Literacy programs. Migrant staff will refer the student to one of the summer school programs offered at the student’s school site. Parents will be assisted on completing the registration form. The Migrant staff will also monitor student attendance and academic progress in the program.
Refugee Student Program
Goal: To Advance Refugee Students’ Full Participation in the American School System by:
- Providing before, after or summer school program to develop English language proficiency skills as well as social/emotional skills
- Increasing parental involvement in children’s educational experience by ensuring communication is in the native language of the refugee family (oral and written)
- Facilitating successful emotional, social and cultural adjustment within the educational environment by working with the school Social Emotional Learning Specialists (SELs)
- Implementing a Newcomer classroom for refugee students at the school sites with the largest numbers of refugee student enrollment.