Assuring learning excellence and readiness for a changing world






Community Education & Recreation Winter 2020 Brochure is HERE!


Our mission

Assuring learning excellence and readiness for a changing world

by providing programming to reach all, teach all and include all


  • Excellence
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Adaptability
  • Collaboration
  • Engagement
  • Integrity

Community Education and Recreation Fast Facts


Early Learning

Parents and caregivers are critical to a young child’s development and provide the foundation for success in life.  Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) is designed to strengthen and support families by providing opportunities to learn in community and at your own pace.  Click Here to find out more.


Individuals age 17 or older and lacks a secondary (high school) credential or functions below the 12th grade level in any of the basic academic areas including reading, math, and ability to read, write and understand English are eligible to enroll in Mankato Adult Basic Education services.  We were recognized by KEYC TV for our innovative Adult Career Pathways Partnership.


CER 2019

"We keep moving forward,
opening new doors,
and doing new things
because we're curious
and curiosity keeps
leading us down new paths."

~Walt Disney



The Community Education Advisory Council includes representatives from community and local government.  Citizen input is important in providing high quality lifelong learning opportunities offered through the department and the Advisory Council assists by seeking feedback and providing information.  Meetings are held the fourth Wednesday of the month in September, November, January, March and May.


Rec on the GO! is a partnership between Early Learning and Recreation programs, focused on providing activities for youths who might not otherwise get to participate in summer recreation programs.  We were highlighted in the Mankato Free Press  Click here to find out more!