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.

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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

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Update: The Brain Bag Roadshow

The Baby Steps book is meant to help parents track some of the developmental markers in the first three years of a child's life. Read full story

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Museum Plaza will contain early learning elements

The University of West Florida Historic Trust broke ground on Jan. 31 for Museum Plaza, a historic preservation and education project that will help tell the story of Pensacola’s rich history. Read full story

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What’s in Gov. Scott’s 2017 budget for early learning?

Statewide proposed increase of $36 million in early learning could mean nearly $1 million for two programs in Escambia County, local officials say. Read full story

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SCI’s early learning priorities for 2017

Three projects that Studer Community Institute has under way this year aim to support children and parents to make the most of early learning opportunities. Read full story

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Helping parents help their children reach developmental milestones

Developing partnerships and relationships go a long way in finding the right people and places to help parents help their children succeed in school and in life. Read full story

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Early Learning City: Community

An Early Learning City maximizes all of the resources in the community and points them toward a common purpose — helping all children have the best chance to be ready for school. Read full story

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Early Learning City: Businesses

Wherever parents with young children gather — and have to wait — having things on hand that can keep little ones occupied and are educational makes a much more pleasant experience for everyone. Read full story

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Brain Bag teaching points can help ‘language nourishment’

Georgia is tackling the "30 million word gap" as a matter of public health. We hope the IMPACT Brain Bag can be a small piece of a similar effort in Pensacola. Read full story

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High quality childcare is vital to kindergarten readiness

Choosing quality care is important for babies and toddlers, who need nurturing, safe environments in order to thrive. Read full story