Community Education is…

…the process by which the citizens in a school district, using the resources and facilities of the district, organize to support each other and to solve their mutual education problems and meet their mutual lifelong needs.

Community Education may include…

  • Educational programs, including programs for occupational and technological skills training, retraining of displaced workers, cultural awareness, parenting skills education and parental involvement in school programs, and multilevel adult education and personal growth;
  • Community Involvement programs, including programs for community economic development, school volunteers, partnerships between schools and businesses, coordination with community agencies, school-age child care, family and workplace literacy, and community use of facilities;
  • Programs for youth enrolled in school, including programs for dropout prevention and recovery programs, drug-free school programs, school-age parenting programs, and academic enhancement.

As defined in the Texas Education Code, passed by the 74th Texas Legislature


Note: Effective October, 2014, the Texas Community Education Association was dissolved and become part of the Texas Community Education Foundation. The Foundation will continue the mission of the Association.

The Texas Community Education Association was formed in 1974 to bring the benefits of Community Education to more Texans.

The goals of this organization shall be the adoption of the community education concept as an integral and necessary part of the education process. We do this by:

  1. Providing a statewide organization to represent those people engaged in or supportive of community education.
  2. Making individuals and organizations aware of the benefits of community education.
  3. Assisting local communities and school districts in learning about and promoting the community education concept.
  4. Promoting the concept of lifelong learning.
  5. Promoting the concept of community education as an integral part in the development of the professional educator.
  6. Assisting in the development of evaluation strategies for community education.
  7. Promoting improved communication among community educators.
  8. Addressing the needs of the changing society.
  9. Cooperating with organizations that believe in community education.
  10. Networking for the purpose of dissemination of information and other needs.