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Education is important to the residents of the communities of Jackson County.   From pre-schools for our little ones, a choice of local elementary schools, exceptionally successful Middle and Senior High Schools, and a community college offering a liberal arts education in an intimate setting ... the communities of Jackson County have a lot to offer families when education is a priority!   Come check out our schools.  Then, Join Us!

Gingerbread Nursery School
The longest running pre-school in Jackson, Gingerbread Nursery is licensed by the state of Minnesota.  In addition to kindergarten preparation, the staff aims to instill a love for school, not just a mastery of skills.   Classes are offered one a week for 3 1/2 year olds and three times per week for 4 to 5 year olds.
1015 Sherman Street
Jackson , MN 56143
Phone: (507) 847-3585
JCC Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE)
Amber Lessman

Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) is a program of Jackson County Central Community Education offering classes and programs for families with young children from birth to kindergarten entrance. ECFE recognized that parents are a child's first and most important teachers. Our programs emphasize parent involvement and family education.  Classes are offered during day and evening hours for a variety of age groupings. Class enrollment is limited to insure a safe, productive environment.

820 Park Street
Jackson , MN 56143
Phone: (507) 847-5868
Little Huskies Daycare Center & Preschool
Amanda Benda

Little Huskies Daycare Center & Preschool wants to welcome you and your child!  Our ultimate goal is to encourage healthy, happy children by proving education, experiences, and an environment in which each child can succeed.

111 Torgerson Lane
Jackson , MN 56143
Phone: (507) 847-3355
WCA Head Start

Head Start is a FREE family-focused preschool program. Head Start promotes the growth and development of preschool age children, meeting the individual needs of each child and their family. Children learn on an individual basis or as a group. Parents take part in special activities that help them learn and grow along with their child.

115 South Highway
Box 207
Jackson , MN 56143
Phone: (507) 847-2632
Fax: (507) 847-4143

Immanuel Lutheran Elementary
5th and Bush
Lakefield , MN 56150
Phone: (507) 662-5718
Jackson County Central School District
Todd Meyer

JCC strives to achieve a strong community and school partnership, providing academic and co-curricular excellence, while maintaining the fi nancial stability of our district.

Jackson County Central has experienced unprecedented success in the classroom, as well as in extracurricular activities, since the consolidation of the Jackson and Lakefield school districts in 1997, and the additional consolidation of the Sioux Valley district in 2000.

JCC students have proven their talents in sports, academics, fine arts, FFA and much more. JCC has earned state team championships in volleyball, football, wrestling, baseball and softball, to go with a host of numerous FFA state and national championships.

In fine arts and academics, the JCC Math League, Robotics and Music Listening teams have placed high at the state level, while speech and drama students continue to perform well year after year.

In the 2011 - 2012 school year we have 1178 students and 85 teachers.  Our district wide student / teacher ratio is 13.8 to 1.  Specific class size information can be found on the Live Here - Statistics page.

Please check the Live Here - Statistics page for specific information on JCC's Adequate Yearly Progress, and Test Scores.

1125 North Highway
Jackson , MN 56143
Phone: (507) 847-3608
JCC Community Ed
Pam Grussing
Jackson County Central Schools Community Education offers enrichment courses, programs, bus trips, youth sports, continuing education, and recreation activities for anyone who is interested.  Please check our website for upcoming events at the JCC Performing Arts Center.  

You can access the latest Community Ed Catalog for more information on all of our offerings by clicking HERE or accessing our website.  

Find us on facebook at JccCommEd
P. O. Box 119
Jackson , MN 56143
Phone: (507) 847-6627
JCC High School
1128 North Highway
Jackson , MN 56143
Phone: (507) 847-5310
JCC Middle School
440 Main Street
Lakefield , MN 56150
Phone: (507) 662-6625
JCC Pleasantview Elementary
110 Milwaukee Street
Lakefield , MN 56150
Phone: (507) 662-6218
JCC Riverside Elementary
820 Park Street
Jackson , MN 56143
Phone: (507) 847-5963

Higher Education
Minnesota West Community and Technical College
The Jackson Campus of Minnesota West has played an important role in preparing students for meaningful careers since 1967.  Jackson is nestled in the beautiful Des Moines River Valley in Southwest Minnesota. The campus has long been known for preparing technicians in fields of electrician and power lineman.  As a leader in the development of distance learning, the technical campus continues to expand its online course offerings. The campus offers students a variety of programs in areas such as business, computer, mechanics, power sports, and massage.  Students may begin their four-year degree at the campus by attaining an Associate in Arts degree either through on-campus or online instruction.
401 West Street
Jackson , MN 56143
Phone: (507) 847-3320
Fax: (507) 847-5389

Heron Lake Branch Library
Sunny Osland
Three public Internet computers, Wireless Internet access available, Copier/printer, Meeting room
Building completely accessible.  See the website for hours.
401 Ninth Street
Heron Lake , MN 56137
Phone: (507) 793-2641
Jackson Branch Library
Carrie Dose
See the website for hours.
311 Third Street
Jackson , MN 56143
Phone: (507) 847-4748
Jackson County Library System
Tam Erickson
Jackson County Libraries are part of the Plum Creek Library Ssytem.   There are libraries in Jackson, Lakefield and Heron Lake.
311 Third Street
Jackson , MN 56143
Phone: (507) 847-4748
Fax: (507) 847-5470
Lakefield Branch
Kathy Weeks-Wegner
Computer Workstations, Wireless Internet Acess, Color copier/printer, Meeting room, Handicapped accessible.  See the website for hours.
410 Main Street
Lakefield , MN 56150
Phone: (507) 662-5782