While migrant farmworkers are putting food on the tables of all Americans, they also represent some of the most economically disadvantaged people in the United States. Throughout history, they have faced challenges in wages, health, working conditions, housing and education.
The high mobility of migrant farm-work families creates significant barriers to educational success for migrant children. The upheaval and disruption of continual moves often result in less classroom time, lower levels of school engagement, lower test scores, and higher dropout rates.
Since 1972, College Assistance Migrant Programs (CAMPs) have helped students across the U.S. during their first year of college. CAMPs serve approximately 2,400 migrant students annually. Overall, nearly 75% of all CAMP students graduate with a baccalaureate degree.
For more information about CAMP and migrant education, see:
- Program Description, U.S. Department of Education
- CAMP Professional Association
- Migrant Students Foundation, Inc.
- La Cosecha: The Story of the Children Who Feed America
The content of this website is developed under a grant from the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), US Department of Education. However, these contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.
The College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) is administered by the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education of the US Department of Education. This program is authorized under Title IV, Section 418A, of the Higher Education Act of 1965 as amended by section 408 of the Higher Education Opportunity Act P.L. 110-315 (H.R. 4137). The purpose of CAMP is to assist migrant and seasonal farmworkers and members of their immediate family to complete their first academic year of college and to continue in postsecondary education.