Shannon Nickinson

Shannon Nickinson Project Manager

Education

Brain Bags launch as part of Early Learning City effort

The first IMPACT Brain Bags are going home with new moms at Pensacola area hospitals this week. The bags were designed as early literacy gift bags to help parents begin to understand the power of parent talk in the early development of a child’s brain. Read full story

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Escambia County motherhood by the numbers

What was motherhood in Escambia County in 2015 by the numbers? Read full story

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Pen Air Credit Union, Wahoos, SCI announce partnership

Later this month, Pen Air Federal Credit Union, Blue Wahoos and Studer Community Institute will host a special event to announce a partnership to benefit the Institute's Early Learning City effort. Read full story

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SCI Dashboard 2017 update

The Studer Community Institute's Pensacola Metro Dashboard has been updated for 2017. Read full story

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Update: Build a brain one step at a time

As state of Florida officials prepare to rollout a new kindergarten readiness test next school year, it is more important than ever that every parent understands the importance of talking and reading to a child before the first day of school. Read full story

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County’s Play, Grow Learn effort offering spring break program

Escambia County's Play, Learn, Grow program is offering a free spring break camp. Check out the details here. Read full story

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Update: Brain Bags on target to launch mid-March

The Brain Bag is meant as something to help get the conversation started — between parent and child, grandparent and child, and between parent and healthcare professional. Read full story

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Saving the American Dream for “Our Kids”

Robert Putnam, a public policy professor at Harvard University and bestselling author, who will be part of WSRE’s Public Square Speakers Series, in partnership with Studer Community Institute, on April 18. Read full story

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Building momentum toward Brain Bags

Staff at all three of the birthing hospitals in Escambia County have embraced the idea of the Brain Bags. Read full story

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Early Learning City: Media

The road to creating an Early Learning City includes partners in the media and communication fields to spread the word to parents, grandparents and caregivers about the power of talk to build a baby's brain. Read full story

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Thirty Million Words Initiative and the power of parent talk

Later this year, Pensacola moms and babies will be part of the University of Chicago's research on how to boost parent knowledge of early brain development. Read full story

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“P is For Pelican” coming soon

One nice aspect of the Brain Bag project has been the chance to share what we hope will be the first of many books with new moms and babies — "P is for Pelican." Read full story