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

The power of talking to babies

Research shows that talking more with babies is one of the most critical elements in their brain development. Read full story

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Seeing the PreK investment as economic development

Early learning is an investment that saves public money in the long term — something that should appeal to folks of all political stripes. Read full story

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LENA Start gets parents talking to their babies

LENA Start is focused on helping parents build good talk habits that will have an impact babies in the program’s 13-week duration by providing parents with a powerful resource to keep talk top of mind. Read full story

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Who will be at the Light Up Learning fundraiser?

Studer Community Institute is proud to host the Light Up Learning fundraiser on June 22 at Sanders Beach Corrine Jones Community Center beginning at 5:30 p.m. Read full story

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Mentors make a difference

Mentors can become the influential surrogate that allows mentees to think through difficult challenges together, break down barriers and open doors where necessary. Read full story

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P is for Pelican author helps Brain Bags’ message grow

The Brain Bag project also gives parents a lesson in early brain development before they leave the hospital, meant to help new parents learn a bit about the critical role of language and talk in the way a child's brain develops, especially in the first three years of life. Read full story

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WSRE’s inStudio shines light on early childhood education

Pensacola aims to transform “America’s First Settlement” into the “First Early Learning City,” a place in which the entire community builds a culture of lifelong learning. Read full story

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Special edition library card helps students take a look in a book

West Florida Public Libraries and the Escambia County School District are teaming up to ensure every student in Escambia County will receive a special edition library card this week. Read full story

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Providing parents tools to develop their babies’ brains

Reaching children in their earliest years can help ensure that they get the healthy and strong start they need to begin school ready to learn and grow. Read full story

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Thanking the women of IMPACT 100 for their faith

Lucky and grateful are two things we should all be every day. Which is why I was pleased that the women of IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area gave me the chance to express that gratitude this week. Read full story

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Mentoring moms can make a difference

Mentoring Moms are caring women who understand how hard it is to raise a family and want to make life a bit easier for another mother. Read full story

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Update: Brain Bags growing in the community

The next phase of our work is find ways that the Brain Bag curriculum can support what these good folks do every day, to help them help adults do right by the children in their lives. Read full story