The Be the Bulb challenge was the start.
Now begins the hard work.
In 2016, Quint and Rishy Studer gave a total of $50,000 to the best ideas to promote kindergarten readiness in Escambia County through the Be the Bulb contest. Ideas from the public at large and from employees of the Escambia School District were submitted and winners in each category won $25,000.
The contest generated interest and excitement in the community about how we could help make sure that more of our children arrive on the first day of school ready and eager to learn with their peers.
It turned out to be one big step in the journey toward making Pensacola America’s First Early Learning City.
Making North America’s oldest settlement our nation’s first Early Learning City honors Pensacola’a past and speak volumes about its commitment to the future.
The key pieces of an Early Learning City are health care, public schools, community resources, architecture and the environment, and the media. Each segment can have a hand in building a culture of lifelong learning that supports early brain development, parent engagement and school readiness.
When each does its part toward the common purpose of giving every child the best chance to be ready for kindergarten, the quality of life for everyone in the community improves.
We’ll need your help to get there.
The Studer Community Institute and BlabTV staff produced this public service announcement to highlight the link between kindergarten readiness and high school graduation.
The Pensacola Metro Dashboard shows that 66 percent of Escambia County children are ready for kindergarten.
Early Learning on Wheels and the Pop Up Learning Fair came out on top in the Studer Community Institute Be the Bulb Challenge.
The Studer Community Institute’s Be the Bulb early learning challenge shows that better preparing our children for school is on the minds of a lot of people.