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 1969 in Minnesota, 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.