Identification and Recruitment (ID&R)


Ita Mendoza (She, her, hers)

State Identification & Recruitment Coordinator Title IC Education Program | ESU9

(402) 834-3556 | (402) 984-0561

ESU 9, 5807 Osborne Drive West Hastings NE 68901

Identification and Recruitment Process


Finding and enrolling eligible migratory children quickly and efficiently is the foundation of a strong Migrant Education Program (MEP). 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. Before migratory children can be served, however, they must be found and enrolled into the MEP without delay.

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Click on the map for MEP Service locations.

Eligibility Criteria

      • 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.

ID&R Eligibility Resources

Recruiter resources to determine eligibility and other helpful resources can be found by clicking the button on the left.


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 by clicking the button to the left.


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 Ita Mendoza, 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 why the move of short duration would be considered a qualifying move.

A memorandum explaining the continuation of guidance is available by clicking the button to the left.


Submit eligibility questions by using the form provided by clicking the button to the left.

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.


Frequently asked questions and answers can be found by clicking the button on the left.



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 by clicking the button to the left.

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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.

Updated April 26, 2023 11:17am