Shannon Nickinson

Shannon Nickinson Project Manager


Brain Bags: Changing the community one child at a time

The journey that our community is on to become an Early Learning City is starting with them. One family at a time. Read full story


Childcare centers partner for parent outreach

This fall, SCI and the Coalition will launch a pilot program for LENA Start parent outreach in Pensacola, the first of its kind in Florida. Read full story


Aug. 13 Wahoos game includes “home run” for early learning

Families are invited to “Hit a Home Run for Early Learning” with WSRE and the Pensacola Blue Wahoos on Sunday, Aug. 13. Read full story


Brain Bags: 4-Month Follow-Up

The first babies to receive Brain Bags from the Studer Community Institute will be four months old this month. Read full story


School is almost here — Is your child ready?

We created this graphic with the help of kindergarten teachers in our community to help parents know if their kindergartner is ready for school. We hope you use it as part of your back to school routine. Read full story

Training & Development

Author Dan Heath headlines EntreCon

Studer Community Institute plans to host Community Solutions Center in SunTrust building

Plans also were unveiled for renovations to the SunTrust Building, which will house Studer Community Institute. Read full story


New kindergarten readiness rate to come

Florida Department of Education has chosen a new kindergarten readiness screener, which will be used beginning this school year. Read full story


VIDEO: Early Learning Garden opens today

The custom designed and landscaped play area at Bodacious Brew-Thru dive-thru coffee shop is another piece of the Studer Family of Companies vision for building an Early Learning City in Pensacola. Read full story


Brain Bags: Tune In Tips

In the IMPACT Brain Bags, the Studer Community Institute shares these tips to help adults get started to use the power of talk to build a child's brain. Read full story


Escambia adds 17 schools to free meal program

This coming school year, 17 schools in Escambia County will join a program that offers free meals schoolwide through the National School Lunch Program. Read full story


What’s your ACES score?

Studies point to the link between "toxic stress" and early brain development

Science is showing the link between “toxic stress” — repeated, frequent exposure of a young, developing brain to stress — damages that child’s ability to learn and process information throughout the rest of that baby’s life. Read full story


One community studies the cost of school readiness

Two professors in Southwest Florida wanted to know the price tag for getting the community’s 3- and 4-year-olds kindergarten ready. Read full story