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Background for Literacy Grant Opportunities
Migrant Education Even Start (MEES) Family Literacy Program

Migrant Education Even Start (MEES) Family Literacy Program grants are intended to help break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy of migratory agricultural or fishing families by improving the educational opportunities of these families through the integration of early
childhood education, adult literacy or adult basic education, and parenting education into a unified family literacy program.

A Demographic and Employment Profile of United States Farmworkers: Findings from the National Agricultural Workers Survey (NAWS) 2001-2002, March 2005
U.S. Department of Labor
Chapter 3 of this report focuses on "Education, Literacy, and English Skills".

Julian Samora Research Institute (JSRI)

  • Challenges and Solutions for Educating Migrant Students, February 1996
    JSRI Working Paper No. 28 by Edgar Leon, Ph.D. Describes the challenges and solutions of migrant education: interrupted schooling, limited English proficiency, lack of health and nutrition, social isolation, economic marginality, and lack of self esteem.
  • Patterns and Trends in Michigan Migrant Education, November 1996
    JSRI Statistical Brief No. 8 by Mazin A. Heiderson, Ph.D. and Edgar R. Leon, Ph.D. Data from 1989 to 1995. Topics include program location, number of students, eligibility, goals, Michigan compared to the United States for allocation and number of children served, ethnicity/race of children, homebase, monthly enrollment patterns, and health issues.

Kentucky Migrant Technology Project (KMTP)

Measures of Change: The Demography of Adolescent English Learners
This study focuses on California, Colorado, Illinois, and North Carolina.

Migrant Education Consortium for Higher Achievement (MECHA) Grant
Abstract, aims, and press release.

National Center for Education Statistics
English Literacy and Language Minorities in the United States, August 2001
This report provides an in-depth look at adult residents of the United States who were either born in other countries or were born in the United States but spoke a language other than English as young children. The report looks at English language skills and employment.

U.S. Census Bureau
Research Reports Sorted by Year
Table of research reports (1980-1999) on topics relevant to improving the Census and surveys. Ethnographic Exploratory Research Reports and a Ethnographic Evaluation of the 1990 Decennial Census Report investigate the factors and barriers contributing to undercounts of migrant persons and inaccurate and incomplete information including literacy, comprehension, reading skills, and language and the optimal communication avenues for educational and promotional messages. EX95/22 suggests the use of migrant educational programs' records to cross check census counts.

U.S. Department of Agriculture
Farm Labor: Demographic Characteristics of Hired Farm workers, 2002
This Agricultural Economic Report from the Economic Research Service examines in the Demographic Characteristics section the education of hired farmworkers. Specific tables and figures include distribution of hired farmworkers by highest completed education level, distribution of non-citizen hired farmworkers by highest completed education level, and education completed by hired farmworkers by gender and racial/ethnic group.

U.S. Department of Education

  • Participation of Migrant Students in Title I Migrant Education Program (MEP) Summer-Term Projects (1998), Statistical Analysis Report
    Approximately 262,000 migrant students participated in summer-term projects through the Migrant Education Program in 1998. This report, published in 2000, provides background information and data related to the program, including types of instruction and services provided.
  • Migrant Education Program (MEP) Consortium Incentive Grants
    The MEP Consortium Incentive Grants are authorized by section 1308(d) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). Through this program, the Department provides financial incentives to State Educational Agencies (SEAs) to participate in high quality consortia that improve the interstate or intrastate coordination of migrant education programs by addressing key needs of migratory children who have their education interrupted.
  • Migrant Education--Basic State Formula Grants
    This site contains information about current, past and future funding for the Migrant Education Program. The U.S. Department of Education allocates Title I, Part C Migrant Education Program funds to States through a statutory formula based primarily on the State's migrant student count, the number of migrant children who receive summer or intersession services, and the cost of education in each State.
  • Tool Kit for Hispanic Families
    This tool kit provides parents with information on what to expect from their child, their child's teachers, and their child's school at all ages and grade levels. It also provides parents with information on helping their child through school, what resources are available, and what parents, the families and the community can do to help children learn.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Head Start Bureau Research and Statistics
Index of Head Start Statistical Fact sheets for Fiscal Years 2003-2007.

Working on the Margins: Immigrant Day Labor Characteristics and Prospects for Employment
by Abel Valenzuela, Jr., University of California Los Angeles, Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, Working Paper No. 22, May 2000
This article presents findings from a Day Labor Survey conducted in Southern California, including findings about educational attainment for this group.

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