What is Community Education?
Community Education is an opportunity for local citizens and community schools, agencies and institutions to become active partners in addressing education and community concerns. Community Education brings community members together to identify and link community needs and resources in a manner that helps people to help themselves raise the quality of life in their communities.
The statewide Community Education delivery system serves 1.7 million school age youth, nearly 300,000 children age 0 to 4, and over 900,000 adults each year. This efficient system is able to generate $6.00 for every $1.00 of aid/levy it receives, extending the impact of programming dollars well beyond their initial potential.
Community Education is a unique education concept that embraces these beliefs:
- Education is a lifelong process;
- Everyone in the community - individuals, businesses, public and private agencies -- shares responsibility for the mission of educating all members of the community;
- and Citizens have a right and a responsibility to be involved in determining community needs, identifying community resources, and linking those needs and resources to improve their community.
Community Education results in:
- A responsive education system and an improved learning climate in the schools;
- Efficient and cost-effective ways of delivering education and community services;
- Broad-based community support for schools and other community agencies;
- An emphasis on special populations, such as at-risk youth and minorities;
- and Collective action among all educational and community agencies to address quality of life issues.
Working together - through Community Education - Communities can address such concerns as: child care and extended day care programs; substance abuse; senior citizen services; student achievement/school effectiveness; community pride/support for schools; unemployment/underemployment; literacy/diploma and degree completion; community economic development; and many other community ideas.
This information was provided by the Minnesota Community Education Association which can be seen at www.mn-mcea.org
Edina Resource Center
A partnership of Edina Community Education Services, Edina Public Schools and the City of Edina, the Edina Resource Center provides a connection to community resources, services and information, for those who work, live or go to school in Edina. Services are free and confidential. Contact 952-848-3936 or www.edinaresourcecenter.com.