The Migrant Education Program is seeking out migrant families. On average, migrant children attend three different schools each year and are some of the poorest and neediest children in LAUSD.

To reduce the impact of educational disruptions and other problems that result from repeated moves the Migrant Education Program supports a comprehensive education program for migrant children that includes:

•  Saturday School Program

• Career and College Preparation

• Credit Recovery for high school students

• Preschool-8th grade courses

• Parent Workshops

The federally funded program designed to enrich and respond to the educational and health needs of migrant children and their families. These youngsters, ages 3 to 21, are eligible if parents or other members of their nuclear family have worked in fishing, agriculture, and dairy, food processing (packing), forestry, or livestock industries within the last 36 months.

To provide migrant students this type of support, families must identify themselves to schools, Alvaro Cortés, executive director for Beyond the Bell Branch, urges parents to take advantage of this program.

“All of these services are provided to families at no cost to them,” he said. “We just need them to apply at their local schools and we’ll take it from there.”

Many families don’t participate because they may not be aware that they are eligible for these services.

Beyond the Bell Branch (BTB) is part of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the second largest school district in the nation. BTB offers out-of-school time (before and after school and Saturdays) programs at the elementary, middle, and high school level to more than 100,000 students every day.  For more information, visit or TWITTER @BTBLA.