Direct Student Services

Monterey County Office of Education

Leadership, Support and Service to Prepare All Students for Success

Dr. Deneen Guss, County Superintendent of Schools

Direct Student Services

The Migrant Education Regional Office coordinates direct student services to enhance students' academic experience and access to a high-quality education, appropriate academic and social interventions, and physical and mental health well-being. The regional office works with the districts to recruit students for the appropriate services and events.

Students at the Science WorkshopsThe Migrant Education School Readiness Program (MESRP) is a family literacy service designed to assist migratory parents of children ages 2.5-5 years to increase their literacy and parenting skills so that they in turn can prepare their children to become successful lifelong learners. MESRP provides a home and school-based family literacy model using intervention practices identified by the National Early Literacy Panel. The primary focus is to support migratory parents as their child’s first teacher, and to increase their literacy and parenting skills.

School/Center-based program

The School/Center–Based Program operates during the month of July for 3 hours per day five days a week for four weeks. Parents begin by reading a story to their child the first 15 minutes of the class. Parents are required to be participants in the family lending library and semi-monthly family literacy nights.

Students at the Science Workshops

Home-based program

The Home–Based Program operates April to October in seven week sessions. Parents are the first and most important teachers in their child’s life. Parents are required to participate for 1 hour at weekly home-visits and semi-monthly family literacy nights. The major emphasis is given to providing interactive literacy activities to promote school readiness skills.

Family Literacy Nights

Family literacy Nights are offered semi-monthly at various school sites to participating migrant families.  Each family literacy night consists of 30 minutes of parent-child together time and 90 minutes of parent education workshops. The workshops focus on exploring daily routines in their life as parents, children, and family members use literacy at home and in their community while reinforcing the notion that parents are their child’s first teacher. Workshop facilitators emphasize that reading to their child regularly and having books in the home, as well as developing print awareness as key skills that will give their child a head start when entering school.

Pictures of students at the CSUMB Migrant Youth Day event.

Migrant Youth Days

The Migrant Education Program in Monterey County hosts 5 Migrant Youth Days throughout the school year at California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB). The youth days at CSUMB provide opportunities to expose students to a university setting and to have them participate in meaningful workshops. Each youth day has a specific target audience and academic focus, offering workshops on topics such as high school graduation requirements, college admission, vocational education options, financial aid, and hands-on workshops in majors such as Kinesiology, Business Administration and Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) careers. The youth days serve over 450 migrant students, grades 6th-12th.

Camp Jones Gultch Leadership Summit

Camp Jones Gultch Leadership Summit at La Honda, California is a 3-day experience designed to expose at-risk middle school students to educational opportunities and to positive and effective ways to deal with peer pressure and conflict.Camp Jones Gultch.jpgThe summit takes place during the spring and hosts 30 6th-8th grade migrant students.

The Strengthening Families Program (SEP) curriculum is used to design the summit activities and to guide student learning. SEP is an evidence-based family skills training program found to significantly reduce problem behaviors, delinquency, and alcohol and drug abuse in children and to improve social competencies and school performance. In addition, a high elements ropes course is incorporated as a means to teach students teamwork, cooperation and positive risk-taking. Throughout the three day event, students have access to individual counseling as well.

For more information about the Strengthening Families Program, visit to learn more.

Padres Mentores / E.A.G.L.E.-Techno Leaders

Padres Mentores is a 9 week series of workshops for parents who want to become facilitators of parent trainings in the name of supporting the education of all students. Together we can support families to ensure they can take full advantage of all the educational system has to offer and stimulate the creation of a more involved community working for student success. Through these trainings, participants learn how to promote leadership in all parents, how to familiarize parents with their rights and responsibilities in the schools in an effective and interactive way and group facilitation and presentation techniques.

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The goals of the Padres Mentores Program are: (1) to fill the schools with migrant parents with the knowledge and confidence necessary to advocate for their own children as well as for addressing the academic needs of migrant students in general, and (2) to train a cadre of PARENT MENTORS who can carry out parent workshops at district and regional migrant parent meetings and conferences to support and motivate the development of parent leadership.

A parallel student leadership project, Early Assistance through Guidance and Leadership Experiences (EAGLE) – Techno-Leaders runs concurrently, serving 4th – 8th grade students. EAGLE-Techno Leaders focuses on personal and cultural exploration as a vehicle for building self-esteem, self-awareness and to motivate students to begin articulating their goals and charting the path to achieving them. In addition, the program incorporates technology through collaboration with Coder Dojo, Steinbeck Country to provide teach how to develop websites, web applications, games and more. Through the technology component of the project students learn digital storytelling, video skills for both personal expression and social advocacy in addition to enhancing academic presentations.

For more information about Coder Dojo, Steinbeck Country, visit the Steinbeck Coder Dojo site.

Migrant Education Student Academies (MESA)

Santa Rita Cultural Event 2014

Migrant Education Student Academies (MESA) are 1-4 week academic intervention programs held on school campuses throughout Monterey County. The MESA program serves entering K-8th grade students through Common Core aligned curriculum in Language Arts, English Language Acquisition and Mathematics. The objective of MESA is for participating migrant students to be assessed for academic gaps in learning and receive targeted interventions thereby securing that they are ready for success when they return to school.

MESA Programs are held during winter, spring and summer breaks. The largest of the MESA Programs is MESA – Junior Otters @ CSUMB. It is held during the month of July and hosts 200 4th-9th grade migrant students (see Summer Services for more information).

OSY leadership 2014

The Migrant Education Program provides educational services to migrant Out of School Youth (OSY) who have dropped out of school or have never attended school in the United States and are 16-21 years of age. The primary goal of the OSY services is to assist migrant young adults to recognize their educational potential and make them aware of what opportunities are available to them. OSY students qualify for services as self-qualifiers or if their parent/guardian meets eligibility criteria.

OSY leadership 2014

Direct services include a rich array of engaging workshops addressing issues such as life skills, educational opportunities, technology, leadership and all thoughtfully laced with the types of community building activities that build confidence and supportive relationships. Support services for the OSY student include educational counseling, referrals to ESL, GED and computer literacy classes, and medical/dental referrals based on individual needs.

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The first Region XVI Speech & Debate Tournament was held in March of 2010 and has since become an annual event. Approximately 150 students competed in the local tournament every year and approximately 34 first place winners go on to compete in the State Speech & Debate Tournament in May. Students begin to prepare for the tournament in December at their respective schools in small group instruction. The Speech & Debate Tournament offers migrant students an opportunity to compete academically in a safe and supportive and environment. The tournament requires migrant students to sharpen their critical thinking, research and public speaking skills. In addition students must carefully organize information to develop compelling arguments and clearly express their thoughts and ideas grounding them in credible sources. Finally, the Speech and Debate Tournament fosters teamwork, self-confidence and teaches students to resolve conflicts using thoughtful and strategic language.

Coaches attend professional development sessions in January at which they explore the speech and debate topics, participate in mock debates and practice speeches, and gain knowledge on numerous tools, strategies and techniques to utilize during preparation sessions with students. Students attend a 1-day regional training in February designed to build self-confidence, motivate learning, and expose them to specific techniques to guide their research and development of their topic.

Migrant Education offers many educational summer programs for migrant youth. Services include Junior Otters at CSU Monterey Bay, residential programs at California State University Fresno (CSU Fresno), a student-parent leadership institute at CSU Sacramento and the Close Up for New Americans Program in Washington, DC. Each program is designed to meet the needs of different age groups with varying academic needs.

MESA - Junior Otters @ CSU Monterey Bay

The Junior Otters academic program serves 200 students entering grades 4th-9th with a focus on integrated English Language Development, basic math skills/math literacy and reading comprehension with a strong emphasis on expository reading through science and social studies topics. The language academy will serve students entering grades 4th-8th who have been identified as ELL with a CELDT level 1-3 who would benefit from dedicated intensive language intervention.

In summer 2015, the algebra academy will be introduced to serve only entering 9th grade students who failed or did not take algebra in middle school. The instructional program is designed to address student’s misunderstandings about mathematics concepts and processes in algebra with the goal of accelerating student learning so that they are ready to begin Math 1 in 9th grade.

English Language Development Institute (ELDI)Summer Residential Program at CSU Fresno

This is a four-week residential program at CSU Fresno. It is designed to provide an intense learning experience in developing English skills. In addition, students receive instruction in college requirements, study skills, library research and career exploration.

Monterey County High School Math Scholars Program

Held at CSU Fresno, this four week residential program for 9th-11th grade Priority For Service (PFS) students provides core credit recovery in concepts covered through Common Core Math (Math 1, 2 and 3). The focus is on intensive math instruction in number concepts, algebra, geometry, statistics and probability. In addition, students receive instruction in college requirements, study skills, library research and career exploration.

Monterey County CAHSEE/Credit Recovery Academy

The CAHSEE/Credit Recovery Academy is a residential program which is housed at CSU Fresno, for 9th through 11th grade Priority For Service (PFS) students who are 10 or more credits behind or have not passes either part of the CAHSEE. Academics and leadership skills are emphasized. In addition, students receive instruction in college requirements, study skills, library research and career exploration.

Migrant Education Summer Leadership Institute (MESLI)

The mission of the Sacramento State/CAMP Migrant Education Summer Leadership Institute is to recruit and prepare dynamic migrant students who will become California’s leaders in the fields of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). The focus of the 2-week institute is to prepare students for successful employment, post-secondary education, or both that require different and more technically sophisticated skills including the application of mathematics and science skills and concepts, and to be competent, capable citizens in our technology-dependent, democratic society.

In addition, MESLI offers a 2-day parent institute. The purpose of the parent institute is to create and strengthen the vital partnerships between parents and students planning to attend a four-year institution. The parent institute is designed to empower parents with information and resources and bridge the knowledge gap between parents and California’s system of higher learning.

Close Up for New Americans

Close Up for New Americans Program

Close Up’s Program for New Americans gives recently immigrated high school students the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to become informed and active citizens of the United States. In a week long residential program, students receive a practical understanding of U.S. politics and culture by emphasizing communication, collaboration and leadership.

Region 16 sponsors 20-30 recently-immigrated migrant high school students who are interested in learning more about current issues, government, or politics. The program’s hands-on, interactive approach allows all students to get involved and have a voice in issues important to them.

For more information visit Close Up’s website.

Close Up Group Photo 2014

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The Binational Migrant Education Program is an international program between the Secretary of Public Education (SEP) of Mexico and the California Department of Education (CDE). It provides direct services to migrant students who travel between the two countries. As part of the program, teachers from Mexico spend six to eight weeks during the summer in a California school district sharing culture and teaching strategies to support migrant students.

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Traditionally, Region 16 recruits teachers from the states of Michoacán and Oaxaca to work with migrant students across Monterey County. Teachers from Mexico need to contact the Programa Binacional de Educación Migrante (PROBEM) in Mexico for an application.

Mini-corps Outdoor Education

The Mini-Corps Program provides tutoring to migratory students to give them the academic and social support they need to succeed in their course work and stay in school. The tutors come from a migrant family background and are full-time college students who are pursuing teaching credentials. Mini-Corps tutors work with migratory students during the school year and summer school as role models to strengthen the relationships among students, teachers, family members, and members of the community.

The Outdoor Education Program is offered to 90 4th-6th grade migrant students during a 5-day program in the summer. Outdoor Education designed to provide migrant students the opportunity to experience education outside of the classroom. Students are exposed to science concepts in a natural setting that fosters student understanding of their life-sustaining relationship with planet earth, and emphasizes the commonalities and connections among human beings and ecology, plant life and the sciences.

The Migrant Education Program is dedicated to improving the health status of the migrant children in Monterey County. The program helps migrant students obtain social services, medical and dental care for problems which hinder their academic success. Migrant Education coordinates with parents, schools, medical providers, dentists and community social service agencies to leverage the services to meet the various needs of the migrant students in Monterey County.

One of the major health services offered across Monterey County is the Christina’s Smile Children’s Dental clinic. The clinic, in cooperation with PGA TOUR and Champions Tour tournaments, has partnered with the Migrant Education Program in Monterey County to deliver quality charitable dental care to disadvantaged migrant children. Services are rendered utilizing a 48 foot mobile dental clinic at Twin Creeks Golf Course in Salinas, California. Local volunteer dentists and their assistants provide dental care to needy children identified and selected by Migrant Education Program personnel at each school district. The mobile clinic provides all of the equipment, instruments, and supplies necessary to perform dentistry on children who might not otherwise have these services available to them.

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Working through these local charitable organizations, 120 children between the ages of 6 and 15 receive the necessary dental care, 80 of which are slots specifically for migrant children. Treatment ranges from routine cleanings and fluoride treatments to sealants, restorations, root canals, crowns, and extractions when necessary. Approximately $50,000.00 to $60,000.00 worth of dentistry is delivered during each three day clinic.

For more information visit the Christina’s Smile Children’s Dental Clinic website.

Another agency that helps migrant education reach out to more families is the National Center for Farmworker Health, Inc. (NCFH). NCFH is a private, not-for-profit corporation whose mission is "to improve the health status of farmworker families through appropriate application of human, technical, and information resources." NCFH is dedicated to improving the health status of farmworker families.

For more information about NCFH, visit


Summer Prather-Smith

Senior Director
Phone: 831.755.6403

Esme Borrego

Administrative Assistant
Phone: 831.755.6403

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