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

16 Gestures by 16 Months can help parents track progress

The First Words Project at Florida State University has developed these guidelines to help parents track the language development skills of their infants and toddlers. Read full story

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Expanding parent programs to help build babies’ brains

As we embark on a new year, SCI plans to expand Parent Outreach and LENA Start programs in more places to serve more parents and their children. Read full story

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Escambia Grow With Me project lauded

The Office of Early Learning, which is part of the Florida Department of Education, published its annual report and included Escambia's project called Grow With Me. Read full story

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University of Chicago research launches in Pensacola

In 2017, the University of Chicago began using Pensacola as part of the research pool for a new-parent education tool they are developing. Read full story

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New kindergarten readiness rates to come in 2018

After a break of three years, the state will report in 2018 on the results of kindergarten readiness assessments given to children who started school in August of 2017. Read full story

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In the spirit of giving, words are good and bikes are, too

It was through the spirit of giving that brought together nearly 30 organizations of Escambia County through the generosity of Onbikes Pensacola. Read full story

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What’s in a name? For early brain growth, a lot it turns out

University of Florida researchers find books that give characters specific names may help boost brain activity in 6-12-month olds

Are some books better choices than others, especially for children under age 12 to 18 months? Maybe yes, says one study. Read full story

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LENA Start Graduation at Child Discovery Center

LENA Start classes help parents and caregivers of infants and toddlers from 0 to 30 months close the “talk gap.” Read full story

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Brain Bags becoming part of the culture at local hospitals

Rebeccah Vires and her staff are doing the Brain Bag teaching with moms and finding it a good time to talk about the critical importance of parent interaction with children in building a brain. Read full story

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United Way Education Summit helped bridge gaps

Studer Community Institute was among 19 nonprofits that shared insights and resources with 46 school district employees representing 26 schools at the United Way of Escambia County's Education Summit. Read full story

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SCI outreach program rewards parents for going extra mile

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

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LENA uses power of words to build babies’ brains

The goal of LENA is to close gaps in cognitive, emotional and social development, and to improve school readiness by building brains in babies. Read full story