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.
The Parent Outreach Program is one of several initiatives created and designed to offer educational and informative lessons and activities to engage and involve parents. Read full story
Who knew public art could be part of an Early Learning City? Read full story
The nursing staff at West Florida Hospital says the Brain Bags are a valuable tool that helps them have teachable moments with their moms. Read full story
The primary purpose of the programs is to provide parents with the skills to help build their babies’ brains and prepare them for kindergarten, school and life. Read full story
Whenever we receive a heartfelt appreciation from others for something we have done, it boosts our spirit, passion and purpose. Read full story
Studer Community Institute is halfway through its LENA Start project and we can share some preliminary data about our results. Read full story
The Early Learning Coalition of Escambia County will support project called Grow With Me, which will utilize the Nemours BrightStart! toolkit for infant/toddler and preschool classrooms. Read full story
The authors of Cradle to Kindergarten say that 55 percent of the nation’s 3- and 4-year-olds attend a formal preschool. Read full story