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Community Education

Opportunities for Learning and Recreation for All Ages

Northfield Public Schools’ Community Education Department supports the learning and participation of all members of our community. Through citizen involvement, access to school and community resources, and promotion of collaboration and partnerships, Community Education brings the community together. We offer programs that develop skills, inspire creativity and promote living healthfully.


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Community Education offers a wide range of programming serving infants through adults in our community. Check out the variety of class offerings for Adult Enrichment, Adult Recreation, Youth Enrichment, Youth Recreation, Early Childhood Family Education, Driver’s Education and Project ABLE.

What families are saying…

Thank you for offering a great variety of classes…from sports to computers, my kiddos interests are taken care of!”

-Northfield parent

Check out our Summer-At-A-Glance calendar featuring our Youth Enrichment classes:


Summer 2024 registration is now open! Browse the Summer 2024 digital brochure.

Registration for Fall 2024 opens on Friday, August 2.


Browse the Northfield Community Education Fall 2024 brochure here. Registration opens Friday, August 2!


Register Early

Register Online

Call our office at 507.664.3649 or email our staff. You can also stop by our location at the Northfield Community Education Center (700 Lincoln Parkway, Northfield). Our office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. To request program qualifications, please contact Erin Bailey.

How to Register

There are several ways to register for our classes and programs:

  1. Register online.
  2. Download and print the registration form to register by mail.
  3. Call 507.664.3649 to register by phone.
  4. Register for Early Childhood programs here.

Weather Cancellations

To find updates on programs canceled due to weather, please check here. It will be updated at least thirty minutes prior to the start time of each program.

Pickleball Team Registration

Pickleball Team Registration Form


Our Programs

Community Education is pleased to offer a range of programs serving infants through adults in our community.

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Classes & Activities for Adults

Enrichment classes cover languages, technology, health, art and more. You can also choose to get out and get moving in a Community Education league, fitness class or open gym. Project ABLE offers activities for adults with disabilities and Adult Basic Education offers English and Secondary education.


Classes & Activities for Youth

The wide variety of youth enrichment classes include chess, art, theater and much more. Youth of all ages can participate in football, soccer, tennis and many other sports opportunities. Driver’s Education and a Middle School Youth Center are also operated by the Community Education Department.

Helping Hands

Youth Support

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) is for young people experiencing a mental health challenge, mental disorder or mental health crisis.


Preschool & Early childhood

Public preschool is offered for children ages 3–5. Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) is designed to educate children ages birth to kindergarten and their parents.


Ventures Childcare

Ventures Childcare has options for infants, preschoolers and school-aged children during the academic year and summer.


Programs for Seniors

Additional rich senior programming is offered through 50 North, also referred to as the Northfield Senior Center.  50 North is located at the Northfield Community Resource Center (NCRC) at 1651 Jefferson Parkway in Northfield.

Teach, Coach, Lead!

Become a Community Education Instructor
Are you interested in teaching an adult or youth class? For Adult and Youth Enrichment classes, download the Enrichment Class Proposal Form or email Marianne Moser, Enrichment Coordinator

For Recreation programs fill out the Recreation Class Proposal Form and send to Melissa Bernhard, Recreation Coordinator.

Looking for an active and fun job?
Part-time positions for a variety of sports, aquatics, camps and other activities are available on a seasonal basis. Check for open positions or contact Recreation Coordinator Melissa Bernhard (507.664.3502).

Advertise With Us

Reach over 13,000 local households with an ad in the Community Education brochure! Our market includes Northfield, Dundas, Dennison, Webster and 11 surrounding townships in Rice and Dakota counties that are within the school district boundaries.

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Generous Support

Recreation programs are financially supported by the City of Northfield and Northfield Public Schools Community Education Department through a generous donation from Northfield Hospital & Clinics.

Contact our main office at 507.664.3649 or email Director Erin Bailey at to find out how you can support our programs and give back to the community.



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