Arkansas Migrant Education Program

What is the Migrant Education Program?

Migrant Education is a national program that provides supplemental instructional and support services to hundreds of thousands of eligible migrant children each year.
Migrant children and youth have many needs that require specialized help and services. In order to meet the needs of this unique group of children the Migrant Education Program was established in 1966 by an amendment to Title I, Public Law 89-10.

Who are migrant workers? 

Migrant workers seek temporary or seasonal work in agriculture, fishing, or related industries. They follow the growing seasons across the country and are largely responsible for the cultivation and harvest of fruits, vegetables, and many other food products. The average income of many migrant families is below the national poverty line. The migrant population is made up of diverse ethnic groups. In Arkansas, Hispanics and Whites make up the largest groups with Southeast Asians, African American, and other racial and ethnic groups completing the remainder of the migrant population. While many migrant families consider Arkansas to be their home base, others come from Texas, California, Florida, Mexico, and many other states and countries.


Cindy DeRosa, Program Advisor

Arkansas Department of Education 
Four Capitol Mall, Mail Slot #18
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501.324.9663
Fax: 501.324.9694 

Susan Britton, Educational Programs Coordinator

Phone: 501.724.6227

Northeast Arkansas Cooperative

Karen Qualls, Director

Boston Mountain Cooperative

John Selph, Director

Guy Fenter Migrant Education Cooperative

Sheila Peck, Director

South Arkansas Cooperative

Holli Boyett, Director 

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