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Identification and Recruitment (ID&R)

Identification and Recruitment

Finding and enrolling eligible migratory children quickly and efficiently is the foundation of our program. Migratory families often experience difficulty in receiving continuous, high-quality educational services because of their high rate of mobility, cultural and language barriers, social isolation, health-related problems, disruption of their children’s education, and the lack of resources in the areas in which they live and work. The program recruits the family in order to provide supplemental services to the migrant children.

You might know someone who qualifies…

We have an easy to use online referral tool at:
This is available to send the contact information of a person that might be eligible for the program or a parent who has children who are possibly eligible.  It takes less than 2 minutes to enter their information at this secure site and then our closest staff member will contact the family and determine if they are eligible.


      • Made a qualifying move within the preceding 36 months.
      • Engaged in new qualifying work soon after move.                                                    OR
      • Did not engage in qualifying work soon after move however:
      • Actively sought qualifying work soon after move; AND
      • Has recent history of moves (two or more) in which,
        • the move was from on residence to another residence; AND
        • the move was due to economic necessity; AND
        • resulted in qualifying agricultural or fishing employment.
      • The child is younger than age 22.
      • The child is eligible for a free public education under State law.
      • Made a qualifying move on own OR with a migratory worker within the preceding 36 months
      • Change of Residence and Move is due to economic necessity
      • Move is from one school district to another school district.
      • Work is Temporary or Seasonal
      • Work is in the Agricultural or Fishing industries.

Program Near You

To locate a Title IC Migrant Education Program near you please click on the link below:

Near You

Staff Resources

IDRC Resources

Resources provided by IDRC. Recorded trainings (YouTube Page), Agriculture listings, Community Resources, Maps, Learning English, Mini Quizzes, Eligibility Flowchart, much more)

Nebraska MEP 2023-24 ID&R Manual

Link to IDRC Resources

Certificate of Eligibility

Certificate of Eligibility (COE) documents the decision of eligibility and serves as the official record.

Instructions for completing the certificate of eligibility can be found below:

COE Resources 

COE Template

COE Child Addition Form

Qualifying Move Guidance

In the Nebraska Migrant Education Program, the following guidance is provided to clarify the Duration of a Qualifying Move requirement. Please forward any questions regarding this matter to Isaura Barreto, State ID&R Coordinator for additional clarification or guidance. In extenuating circumstances, the Nebraska MEP has defined a short duration move as any move less than five days and meets all other eligibility criteria to meet eligibility requirements. When a COE has been written that includes a short duration move, the recruiter is required to provide a brief comment in the COE log as to why the move of short duration would be considered a qualifying move.

A memorandum explaining the continuation of guidance is available below:

Duration of a Qualifying Move

Short Duration Move Guidance

Eligibility Questions Form

Submit eligibility questions by using the form on the link below:

Eligibility Questions Form

Effective August 1, 2022: This form was designed to resolve eligibility questions raised by recruiters and/or supervisors. The MEP approval team (ID&R Coordinator, Quality Control Coordinator, Data Analyst, and the MEP State Coordinator) will review each form submitted and reference the Title I, Part C Non-Regulatory Guidance, Chapter II: Child Eligibility to make eligibility determinations. The recruiter and/or supervisor will be notified within 3-5 working days of the state MEP eligibility determination. In addition, all eligibility questions and the NDE MEP responses will be posted on the NDE MEP website for future reference. If you have any questions about this procedure, please contact the Nebraska State ID&R Coordinator.

Appeal Form

The COE Appeal Process allows recruiters to submit an appeal form describing the particular circumstances that support the eligibility determination of the family. The appeal form is to be submitted to the State MEP to be reviewed by the COE Approval Team. The COE Appeal Process does not guarantee the COE will be approved and requires the final decision of the State ID&R Coordinator.

Appeal Form

Frequent Eligibility Q&A

Frequently asked questions and answers can be found by clicking the link below:

Frequent Eligibility Q&A


Your agribusiness may have collaborated in important efforts with the Nebraska Department of Education’s Title IC-Education of Migratory Students program, commonly known as the Migrant Education Program or MEP. If this is the first you have heard of this historic educational program, please allow me to introduce the program.

A letter outlining the MEP is available below:

Intro to Agribusiness

Agribusiness Form

Power BI Resources Tool

Click this link for an instructional video on how to use the Power BI resource tool.  The passcode is: P8oCr9$N.

Nebraska's Power BI Data

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ID&R Forms

You can find here the list of the ID&R forms available to our staff.

ID&R Forms

ID&R Door Hanger

Below is the link to the available door hanger for ID&R purposes.

Door Hanger

Contact for ID&R

For questions regarding Identification and Recruitment.

Isaura Barreto – State Identification & Recruitment Coordinator

Isaura Barreto
State Identification & Recruitment Coordinator

ESU 9, 5807 Osborne Drive West
Hastings, NE 68901
(402) 649-4513

Updated March 14, 2024 2:13pm