Education

Education is the key in moving our community and improving the quality of life.

The high-school graduation rate is one of the best indicators of a community’s economic prospects. When companies explore moving to a community, one of the first things they look up is the graduation rate. Our graduation rate is holding the area back. In Escambia County, just 64 percent of our high-schoolers walk away with a diploma. For black students, it’s 51 percent. These numbers are some of the lowest rates in the state.
The state average is 75.6 percent overall. 1 in 3 Escambia County students didn’t graduate last year.

The impact of generational poverty on the community’s economic and educational prospects is reflected in measures such as the free- and reduced-price lunch rate — which in Escambia County is 62 percent.

The Florida Office of Early Learning says on average 33 percent of Escambia 5-year- olds are not ready for kindergarten. Often those children come from poor families.

Education

More on the Vanderbilt Preschool study and its fallout

Two key voices from Tennessee's education system shared the lessons and changes in the system since a 2015 study revealed hits, misses in the state's voluntary prekindergarten program. Read full story

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Heavyweights weigh in on prekindergarten

AT preschool research summit, experts say kindergarten and early elementary grades should be viewed as “charging stations” for sustaining and building on early learning gains. Read full story

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Career day gives Weis Elementary kids a glimpse of their future

Career day is no longer just for middle or high school. Exposing children at a young age to the world of work can help broaden their perspective and spur them to more interesting and productive careers. Read full story

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A community thrives with your vote

The Studer Community Institute pitched an idea in the national contest that is awarding up to $100,000 to help improve the community and to make this a better place to live. Read full story

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Partnerships make communities better, families stronger

A key part of SCI's efforts is building relationships and creating partnerships to be in the best position to offer parents support to help develop the tools and skills to improve their children’s lives. Read full story

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Building platform for TMW Newborn Intervention

Data from the initial trial of the video and survey — done with about 500 families in Chicago through two major hospitals — is in review for publication. Read full story

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Talking PreK in San Antonio

Julian Castro was 34 when he began serving as mayor of San Antonio. He was 39 when he became the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Read full story

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SCI Show: Steps to an Early Learning City

In this episode of the Studer Community Institute show, founder Quint Studer reviews the steps to creating an Early Learning City. Read full story

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Helping children in their growth and development

Throughout Escambia County are agencies and organizations that offer services to assist young mothers and their children in their growth and development. Read full story

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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. 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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SCI Show: The Three T’s

Build a brain, build a life, build a community. Read full story

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Update: Early Learning Garden at Bodacious Brew-Thru

Check out this video update of the Early Learning Garden at the Bodacious Brew-Thru drive-thru coffee spot at the corner of Main and Baylen streets. Read full story