The Mississippi Migrant Education Service Center (MMESC) provides summer instructional programs for migrant children. These programs are designed for pre-kindergarten (4-year olds) through high school to connect language, literature, technology, and life skills to develop English proficiency and promote academic achievement in reading and mathematics within an interdisciplinary thematic experience. Research indicates that after school programs during school year and summer programs for migrant students is key to increasing student performance and lowering dropout rates (NCLB, 2002, now ESSA) Therefore, MMESC summer programs provide research-based effective instruction in alignment with the State Standards. Students participate in reading, writing, listening, speaking, and viewing activities within the structure of an interdisciplinary thematic unit that incorporates math, science, and language art. Each program encourages and assists students to complete a project in relation to their thematic unit in order to affect change within their school and/or community. The MMESC provides reimbursement for district bus usage and also uses its funding to supply programs with all necessary materials, resources, snacks, and teacher salary. All programs operate at no cost to host districts.