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

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

Education

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

Education

Parent involvement crucial to child’s success

A critical part of our mission to improve the quality of life everyone in Northwest Florida is getting more children ready for kindergarten. To help the children means helping their parents. Read full story

Education

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

Education

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

Education

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

Education

Words are food for a baby’s brain

The relationships with the important people in a baby’s life can literally shape and develop the intricate structure of an infant’s brain. Read full story

Education

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

Education

Brain Bags: New partners on board

SCI is pleased to say that several partners in the community have come forward to help begin the work to make sure Brain Bags live beyond the startup grant from IMPACT 100. Read full story

Education

School grades: Santa Rosa up, Escambia stays the same

School grades provide parents and the general public an easily understandable way to measure the performance of a school and understand how well each school is serving its students. Read full story

Education

Chicago Bears showcase Josh Sitton’s good deeds

Chicago Bears profiled Josh Sitton's good works last week in hosting a fundraiser for the Studer Community Institute. Read full story

Light Up Learning

Photo Gallery: Light Up Learning event

Light Up Learning fundraiser photo gallery. Read full story