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Frequently used terms

Parent(s): the person legally caring for a migratory student; could be a guardian
Child/children: youth aged 0-21 who have not graduated from high school or earned a HSE certificate
Student: youth enrolled in a public school in Texas
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Parents are their child’s first teacher, and they want the best for their children. The lessons parents provide begin at birth and continue throughout the child’s life. Parents are the most influential agent in their child’s physical, emotional, and social development and their perspective on the world around them. These are just a few reasons why parents are a school’s most important partner in preparing children for the future.1

Schools have programs, tools, and staff to support your child’s academic development, providing lessons in many different curricula. Parents continue those lessons at home with engagement, encouragement, and expectations. As partners, the school and parents work together as teachers, each reinforcing the advancement of the child’s education. Parents and schools must recognize their combined influence on children, the shared dreams of success, and the combined support they provide to ensure children are ready for school, life, and success.2

As part of this parent-school collaboration, the MEP

  • Works with migratory parents and acts as a liaison between parents and the school
  • Empowers parents to actively participate in their child’s education and provides supplemental support so migratory parents and children can fully engage in the educational process
  • Helps migratory parents identify the specific needs of their child, and then coordinates and/or provides support for those needs
  • Serves all migratory children from birth through age 21 until they receive a US high school diploma or equivalency

1 “NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards: A position statement of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, ”National Association for the Education of Young Children, 2005, accessed March 28, 2022,
2 Steven M. Constantino, Engage Every Family: Five Simple Principles, 2nd ed. (Thousand Oaks, California: Corwin Press Inc., 2021), 145-180.