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Migrant farm workers are an indispensable part of American agriculture, yet by every measure, these people are our most depressed workers. They work from sunrise until dark under unsanitary and dangerous conditions. The average life expectancy of a migrant farm worker is forty-nine compared to seventy-five for the general population. Migrant family income is one-fifth the national average. And, most alarmingly, only one migrant child in ten graduates from high school. To break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy, the Region I Migrant Education Program's goal is to link migrant families to services and programs that support the well being and education of their children.
School boards and superintendents throughout Florida are required by state statute to cooperate with the Department of Education in identifying and reporting the names of each child who meet the qualifications defined by the Federal Regulation (Section 201.3) and Florida Statutes 230.23(13)(b) and 230.33(14)(b). To accomplish this recruiters are employed to identify and recruit migrant families. Recruitment activities are handled through periodic visits to migrant living areas, referrals from schools, health departments, food stamp offices and other agencies.
Migrant Services Coordinators located in Escambia County and Gadsden County and the central office staff located in Chipley provide wide-range, comprehensive family support through networking with agencies, programs and services to assist migrant parents and their children.
- Interstate and Intrastate Coordination
PAEC cooperates with other agencies through the referral of eligible secondary students to GED Programs, and Summer Institutes; Statewide contacts are maintained through committee participation and meetings and through participation in workshops and conferences.
- Other Supporting Services Provided by Program Staff
Health Services are provided through linkage with agencies to provided health screenings, immunizations, dental care, lice treatment and other needed services.
Social Services are provided by migrant services coordinators and other advocates through participation and membership in interagency councils.
Nutrition is provided to all summer school participants, pre-kindergarten students and Summer Institute participants through district/school food services.
Transportation to summer school is provided to all participating students.
Early Intervention is provided through Migrant services coordinators, advocates and recruiters seeking out programs appropriate to pre-kindergarten children.
Add-On and Tutorial Services are provided after school or on Saturdays for students in districts where large numbers of migrant students are enrolled.
- Other Program Activities
Summer Basic Skills Program
A six weeks summer program is provided for over 300 currently migratory children in Gadsden County. The curriculum is designed to improve reading comprehension, language expression, writing and using the latest technology. The challenging content of selected materials utilized and high levels of performance expected from all students separate our summer program from remedial programs offered at other sites.
Programs are offered at several colleges and universities throughout the state. Students who meet the tough selection criteria spend the summer on these campuses making up credits and building self confidence needed to succeed in educational goals.
PAEC supports two formal PACs, one in the western and another in the eastern geographical section with an advisory council composed of representatives of both Hispanic and Vietnamese communities.
The Region I Migrant Education Program provides a comprehensive array of programs and services to the migrant families of Region I. For more information, contact Maria Pouncey, Project Director, 753 West Boulevard, Chipley, Florida 32428 (850) 638-6131; SunCom 769-6131.
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