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Migrant Education

Migrant farmworkers and their families can travel multiple times during the school year in search of work, and a large number of families claim SERVE's region as their place of residence. The transient lifestyle, often coupled with language barriers, make continuity in a migrant child's education extremely difficult for teachers, schools, and districts. Many families live in low-income communities that struggle to provide high-quality education for their students, especially those often marginalized. Migrant students are more likely to drop out of high school to work the fields with their parents to support family incomes. Because of these challenges, it is important for educators to support farmworking families as they migrate and to improve the educational opportunities for their children through service, research, and policy.


Project Aspire

The transitions of migrant families pose a unique challenge for students. SERVE's Migrant Education Even Start Family Literacy programs serve families in Immokalee, Ruskin, and Quincy, Florida, by offering adult education, early childhood education, and other programs for parents. During the summer months, when families migrate to work the harvest in North Florida, the program, in conjunction with other service organizations in the Florida Panhandle, provides family-based activities to ensure year-round programming.

For more information, contact Katie Dufford-Melendez, Project Director, 800-352-6001.