Identification and Recruitment
The Identification and Recruitment ( ID&R) of eligible migrant children is a cornerstone of the MEP and its importance cannot be overemphasized. Identification and recruitment are critical activities because:
The children who are most in need of program services are often those who are the most difficult to find.
Many migrant children would not fully benefit from school, and in some cases would not attend school at all, if SEAs did not identify and recruit them into the MEP. This is particularly true of the most mobile migrant children who may be more difficult to identify than those who have settled in a community.
Children cannot receive MEP services without a record of eligibility.
The MEP is responsible for the proper and timely identification and recruitment of all eligible migrant children in the State, including securing pertinent information to document the basis of a child’s eligibility. Typically, MEP and their regional operating agencies record eligibility data on a Certificate of Eligibility (COE). Recruiters obtain the data by interviewing the person responsible for the child, or the child himself or herself, in cases where the child moves independently. The MEP is responsible for implementing procedures to ensure the accuracy of eligibility information.
What do the terms “identification” and “recruitment” (ID&R) mean?
Identification means determining the location and presence of migrant children.
Recruitment means making contact with migrant families, explaining the MEP, securing the necessary information to make a determination that the child is eligible for the MEP, and recording the basis of the child’s eligibility on a COE. Upon successful recruitment of a migrant family, eligible children may be enrolled in the MEP.