University of Vermont


Providing academic, social and cultural support services to all eligible students

Vermont Migrant Education Program

Services and Applications

VMEP is a literacy program. When recruiters visit families or individuals for the first time, they supply students with age-appropriate reading materials, dictionaries, maps, pencils, notebooks, crayons, etc.

Recruiters maintain contact information for other services in the local area so that as specialists in their field, they may provide sound referrals to other agencies which may benefit the family or individual.

Program Details

  • If the family/individual is found to meet all program requirements, they are enrolled and remain “on program” for 3 years.
  • Should the family/student move again during this time, they are re-enrolled for another 3 years each time they move for a different qualifying job in agriculture.
  • If the family stays in one place and terminates the migrant agricultural labor force, at the end of the initial 3-year enrollment period, the family’s eligibility will end and VMEP's work is complete.
  • All services provided by the Vermont Migrant Education Program are FREE and there are no income guidelines.

Once the recruiter submits eligibility forms to the Vermont Agency of Education and all the paperwork goes through, the recruiter's job is done until the family or individual moves again. From this point onward, the Agency of Education process begins and provides any needed supplemental educational services. Just as the recruiters have individual regional areas, the Department of Education has regional areas depicting Migrant Education teacher regions.


  • Each student is assessed individually by a local Migrant Education educator to determine what services are needed. Most often, this is the educator who provides the supplemental educational services.
  • Services range from in-school help during regular classes to at-home private tutoring sessions, summer educational programming and English Language lessons.
  • Supplemental services are formulated to meet the individual’s educational needs.
  • It possible that the student or family needs/desires no extra educational services at the time they are determined eligible for the Vermont Migrant Education Program.
  • At any time during the eligibility period, the Department of Education may be contacted to reassess the individual’s educational situation.

How can you help?

If you know of a family/individual who may qualify for our program there are several ways in which you may refer them to us:

  • Download and complete the referral form . Either mail it to the address on the form OR contact our toll-free number, 1-866-860-1382 ext. 208, and give your referral to the State Recruitment Office.
  • Offer this family or individual an "Agricultural Employment Survey" (available in both English and Spanish) website.* When completed, either you or the family may mail the form to the address on top of the form.

When a referral or an "Agricultural Employment Survey" is received, a recruitment specialist assigned to the geographic region of the state contacts the family to see if the children/individual is/are eligible and, if so, enrolls them in the program.

Last modified July 13 2015 02:03 PM