Building Better Futures.

From newborns and young children, to school age youth, and on through adults of all ages, community members of all backgrounds connect through Community Education. Our programs and services bring knowledgeable instructors and coaches together with everyday people to explore new skills, develop new friendships, and improve quality of life. Whether you need to learn English, want to start a business, love to travel, or need some help with parenting, Community Education can help you Build a Better Future.

Update for Summer 2021

The Northrop building will be getting a facelift with new flooring being installed this summer. Our office will be moving to the Hoover Elementary School starting June 14th and returning to Northrop on August 16th. Please use entrance 1 while we are at Hoover. 

Simplified map of Hoover Elementary

369 Elton Hills Dr NW
Rochester, MN 55901


Boy holding up arts and craft image
Two children playing with glue sticks for an art project.
A small group of students on the playground.

Adult Literacy

Adult Literacy is a two-generation approach to building skills necessary for life success with opportunities offered for parents enrolled in Adult Literacy at Hawthorne and their children ages zero to five years old.

RPS Preschool

Registration for 2021-22 is open now for RPS Preschool! We understand that each child has unique educational needs and we emphasize learning through age-appropriate practice in a play-based environment.

School Age Child Care

School Age Child Care (SACC) provides the high quality enrichment opportunities in a nurturing and safe environment for children in kindergarten through 5th grade.

Effortless Excursions

Effortless Excursions with Rochester Community Education–Get on the bus and let us take care of you!

Youth Enrichment

Youth Enrichment through Community Education provides opportunities for all students grades K-12.

Facility Reservations

Rent space for your next event or meeting in any of our 28 District sites.

Thinking about Preschool?

Preschool is all about wonderful new learning experiences that build skills for a lifetime. It is about turning everyday experiences and interactions into powerful opportunities of learning. Rochester Public School Preschool is a quality preschool program that respects the unique needs of each child.