The importance of kindergarten readiness

A conversation Debbie Calder had with Escambia County School District Superintendent Malcolm Thomas stuck with her.

“I remember the superintendent telling me a couple of years ago, ‘Give me a kindergartener who’s ready for kindergarten and we’ll get them through school,’ ” says Calder, executive vice president of Navy Federal Credit Union.

Calder talks about the importance of kindergarten readiness during a segment on the Studer Community Institute’s TV show on BlabTV.

This week’s program, which is airing on BlabTV and live streaming, features the Institute’s Shannon Nickinson and Reggie Dogan interviewing a trio of Escambia County School District employees who played key roles in the 6.6 percent increase in the Escambia’s high school graduation rate. The show features:

— Michelle Taylor, director of workforce education.
— Lesa Morgan, director of high schools.
— Holly Busse, graduation coach.

Show times for this week’s program on BlabTV are:

  • — Saturday, Jan. 23, at 5:30 a.m., and 8 a.m.
  • — Sunday, Jan. 24, at 6:30 a.m., and 11:30 p.m.
  • — Monday, Jan. 25, at 10:30 a.m.
  • — Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 7 a.m.
  • — Wednesday, Jan. 27, 5:30 a.m.

In Escambia County, BlabTV appears on:

— Cox, Ch. 6, HD Ch. 1006
— Bright House, Ch. 14
— Satellite Providers, Ch. 48
— AT&T Uverse, Ch. 48

In Santa Rosa:

— Mediacom, Ch. 21
— Satellite Providers, Ch. 48
— AT&T Uverse, Ch. 48