History of Community Education

History of Community Education- The concept of Community Education began in Flint, Michigan during the Depression. It was developed to provide programs outside of the school day for children and expanded to include adult education programs.In Minnesota in 1969; Governor Harold Levander hosted the “Conference on Lighted Schools.” The purpose of this conference was to identify ways in which public schools facilities could be used by the community for educational, social and recreational purposes beyond the regular school day and school year. In 1971 legislation was passed and funds were appropriated for the establishment of 67 local community education programs. By 1991, 417 of Minnesota’s 425 school districts levied for community education. To respond to emerging community needs, programs ranging from early childhood family education and school aged childcare to adult literacy were developed, programs for adults with disabilities were initiated and youth service and development were implemented.

In Winona Community Education began offering programs and services in 1984. The first programs offered for district residents included: Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE), Adult Basic Education, Adult Enrichment and Early Childhood Screening.
Additional programs that have been added include:
School Readiness
Community preschool
Baby Connections
Family Based Services
Key Kids/Kampus Kids
After school Activities at the middle school
Project COMPASS
English and citizenship class for Immigrants
GED classes and testing
Family Literacy for immigrants
District Communication/ Volunteers
Facility scheduling

Our programs currently serve about 8,000 district residents through direct service and special events.

To find out more about any of the programs under the umbrella of Community Education, click on the Programs & Services tab above.

Contact: Margaret Schild