Midwest Migrant Educational Resource Center (MMERC)
What is MMERC?
MMERC was founded in 1983 from a grant from the Minnesota State Department of Education. MMERC's mission is to assist school districts in meeting the needs of migrant children. this is accomplished through services that historically have changed to meet the varied and mobile needs of the migrant population.
What type of services does MMERC provide?
Free access to educational materials:
- books, including many which are bilingual or multicultural
- games and manipulatives for hands-on learning
- teacher and parent references
- materials appropriate for English learners
- professional development
Who has access to MMERC services?
Schools in Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota that serve the children of migrant workers from ages 3 to 21 years are able to use MMERC's services at no cost. The federal definition of a migratory child is a child whose parent or guardian has moved to a different school district (in-state or out-of-state) within the last 3 years to find employment in agriculture on a seasonal or temporary basis. Many times this includes meat packing, vegetable canning, or any kind of crop fieldwork. The identification of migrant children is handled through the migrant education offices at the Minnesota Department of Education.
How can MMERC's materials be requested?
Schools serving migratory children can select materials from either a printed or on-line catalog. The printed catalog is divided by subject areas and distinguished between printed, visual, or game formats. The on-line catalog has many search features. Patrons may order via fax, e-mail or phone. Orders are sent and picked up by UPS at no cost to the user.
Minnesota Migrant Education Resource Center
1536 Hewitt Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55104
Toll free: 877-891-6397