The Mississippi Department of Education is dedicated to ensuring each child who is homeless has equal access to the same free, appropriate public education available to other students. This commitment includes services to preschool students and unaccompanied youth who are homeless.
In 2016-2017 Mississippi school districts identified 10,994 students who met the McKinney-Vento Act definition of homeless students.
Grants for the Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program are awarded to local educational agencies on a competitive, yearly basis. The funding source of these awards is Title IX, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act. School districts may also reserve a portion of their Title I Part A funds to meet the needs of homeless students.
These grants provide activities that enable these students to enroll, attend, and succeed in school. These services might include before or after-school tutoring, supplemental instruction, and enriched educational activities. Activities may be provided on school grounds or at other facilities that can effectively meet the needs of students who are homeless.
East Tallahatchie Homeless and Migrant Plan
Parents Rights to Know (English)
Parents Rights to Know (Spanish)
East Tallahatchie Homeless Board Policy
Mississippi's Migrant Education Program (MEP) is a federally funded program (Title I-C) responsible for providing supplemental academic and supportive services to the children of families (or children themselves) who migrate to find work in the agriculture and fishing industries, whether or not enrolled in school.
Definition of a Migrant Child: A migratory child is a child who is, or whose parent, spouse, or guardian is, a migratory agriculture worker or migratory fisher, and who, in the preceding 36 months, has moved due to economic necessity from one school district to another, to accompany such parent, spouse, or guardian to obtain (or to obtain him/herself) temporary or seasonal employment in agricultural or fishing (marine harvesting) work as a principal means of livelihood.
Program Purpose: The purpose of the Migrant Education Program is to ensure that children of migrant workers have access to and benefit from the same free, appropriate public education, provided to other children.
Program Goals: The goal of the Migrant Education program is to ensure that all migrant students reach challenging academic standards and graduate with a high school diploma (or complete a GED) that prepares them for responsible citizenship, further learning, and productive employment.