Assuring learning excellence and readiness for a changing world





Friday, June 14 at Tourtellotte Park

7:00 pm family activities

9:00 pm The Greatest Showman 

Free Movie and FUN! 



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

MAPS Preschool serves students in 4 elementary buildings, as well as the Family Learning Center and Early Childhood Center. The program has a four-star rating from Parent Aware, which indicates that Mankato Area Public Schools is committed to providing high quality education and staff support. To learn more about the Parent Aware Quality Rating System, click here.


Mankato Area Adult Basic Education (ABE) is part of a state-wide system that serves approximately 65,000 adults annually. ABE students are working towards a high school credential, learning English, improving basic skills such as literacy and math, and/or preparing for post-secondary education or employment. To learn more about your educational options, click here   


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 Mankato Spirit of Youth Award, sponsored by the Community Education and Recreation Advisory Council recognized individuals and organizations who promote healthy youth development in our community. Check out the story on


In partnership with the Activities Offices from East and West High Schools, CER offers opportunities for students grades K-12 with more than 10 summer sports camps led by high school coaches!  Click here to see our summer brochure where you'll find even more fun and fitness opportunities for all ages