Derek Cruz

Director of Educational Support Services

dcruz@wusd.ws

Michelle Roberto

District Service Specialist

mroberto@wusd.ws
(559) 495-5632

Ramon Mendoza

Migrant Liaison

rmendoza@wusd.ws
(559) 485-8805 ex. 300

Migrant Parent Advisory Council - PAC Meetings

The Migrant Parent Advisory Council is elected to represent migrant services at the district level.

September 18, 2019
6:00 – 7:30 PM
Washington Union High School

October 23, 2019
6:00 – 7:30 PM
Washington Union High School

January 22, 2020
6:00 – 7:30 PM
Washington Union High School

Mini Conference
February 25, 2020

5:00 – 8:00 PM
Washington Union High School

April 22, 2020
6:00 – 7:30 PM
Washington Union High School

May 27, 2020
6:00 – 7:30 PM
Washington Union High School

Migrant Education

Washington Unified is pleased to partner with Fresno County Superintendent of Schools Migrant Education Region IV  to offer a thriving Migrant Program for students and families. The WUSD Migrant Parent Committee meets monthly to enjoy dinner together and to discuss important issues facing Migrant families.  Presentation topics range from college readiness to health and wellness.  Please contact WUSD Migrant Liaison Ramon Mendoza for more information.

What is the Migrant Education Program?
Migrant Education is a national program that provides supplemental educational and support services to eligible migrant children each year. These services help children of migrant workers overcome the disadvantages they face, one of which is a disruption to their education due to mobility.

Who are Migrant Workers?
Migrant workers seek temporary or seasonal work in agriculture, fishing, or related industries, including food processing.  They follow the growing seasons across the country and are largely responsible for the cultivation and harvest of fruits, vegetables, and many other food products.  Many migrant workers have an average income below the national poverty line.  While many migrant families consider California to be their home base, others come from other states and countries.

Migrant children may come from large families with inadequate living space and low incomes. Poor nutrition, housing, and sanitary conditions may cause a high incidence of health problems. Migrant children may have limited English skills and/or little experience with success at school. These problems, combined with irregular school attendance, often lead to overall frustration and low academic performance.  This causes many migrant children to drop out of school in their teens.

Through the Migrant Education Program, these children can be provided with supplemental educational and support services to help overcome their difficulties.  Migrant children can close the achievement gap in education and develop skills and options for the future.  In addition, the program provides opportunities for them to develop self-confidence and self-esteem.

What makes a child eligible?
To qualify for the Migrant Education Program, a migrant child must have moved within the past three years across state or school district boundaries with a migrant parent, guardian, or self, to enable the child, the child’s guardian, or a member of the child’s immediate family to obtain temporary or seasonal employment in an agricultural, fishing, or food processing activity.  The child may be in any grade between preschool and the 12th grade and must not be older than twenty-two and not a high school graduate.

Migrant Parent Events

Mother’s Symposium “Proyecto Gema”
November 16, 2019

California State University, Fresno Dining Hall

Father’s Symposium
January 25, 2020

California State University, Fresno Dining Hall

State Migrant Parent Conference
March 6-8, 2020

Santa Clara, CA

Regional Migrant Parent Conference
April 25, 2020

California State University, Fresno Dinning Hall

Cinco de Mayo
May 1st, 2020
5:00 pm
Washington Unified District Office