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Ohio Migrant Education Center

Migrant Education Program 
The Title I, Part C Migrant Education Program is a federal program carried out by the states through grants administered by the United States Department of Education, Office of Migrant Education. It is designed to help migratory children overcome disruptions in education, cultural and language barriers, social isolation, health-related problems and other factors that inhibit their abilities to do well in school. It also prepares them to make successful transitions to higher education or employment.
To help schools with the statutory requirement of the Migrant Education Program, the Ohio Department of Education awards Title I-C Migrant funds to four districts and two ESCs, including the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center, which operates the Ohio Migrant Education Center (OMEC) in Fremont, Ohio. OMEC is responsible for the identification and recruitment of all migrant children who enter the state and is the only entity authorized to make the final eligibility determination for Title I, Part C Migrant Education Program. The Ohio Department of Education and the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center work under a memorandum of understanding.

OMEC's Mission
To identify, outreach, and support the educational goals of all migrant students in Ohio

What Qualifies a Child for Title I, Part C?
According to sections 1115(c)(1)(A) (incorporated into the Migrant Education Program by sections 1304(c)(2), 1115(b), and 1309(3) of the ESEA and 34 CFR 200.1103(a)), one is a “migratory child” if the following conditions are met:
  1. The child is under 22 years of age; and
  2. The child is entitled to a free public education (through grade 12) under state law, or the child is not yet at a grade level at which the LEA provides a free public education, and
  3. The child made a qualifying move in the preceding 36 months as a migratory agricultural worker or a migratory fisher or did so with, or to join, a parent/guardian or spouse who is a migratory agricultural worker or a migratory fisher; and 
  4. With regard to the qualifying move identified in paragraph 3 above, the child moved due to economic necessity from one residence to another residence, and-
    1. From one school district to another; or
    2. In a state that is comprised of a single school district, has moved from one administrative area to another within such district; or
    3. Resides in a school district of more than 15,000 square miles and migrates a distance of 20 miles or more to a temporary residence.

Are you certain that all migrant students have been identified in your district?
You can conduct a simple survey in your district to find out if you have any unidentified students eligible for the Title I, Part C program. Just download the Occupational Survey tool and insert your own district letterhead. You can disseminate the survey districtwide or use it to target certain families. If a parent checks YES to question #1 and checks at least one of the qualifying occupations in question #2 on the survey form, please notify the OMEC office. We will notify one of our recruiters who will contact the family to schedule an interview for an official eligibility determination.

Ohio Migrant Education Center (OMEC) Staff

José Salinas, EdD
OMEC Director

Gloria Altamirano
Data Director

Malena Gutierrez
State ID&R Coordinator

Page Warner
Education Coordinator

Corina Barranco
Migrant Liaison

Lisa Florez
Health Fair Coord.

Mark Papenhausen

Pat Kingborough
Office Specialist

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