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.
Two key voices from Tennessee's education system shared the lessons and changes in the system since a 2015 study revealed hits, misses in the state's voluntary prekindergarten program. Read full story
Career day is no longer just for middle or high school. Exposing children at a young age to the world of work can help broaden their perspective and spur them to more interesting and productive careers. Read full story
A key part of SCI's efforts is building relationships and creating partnerships to be in the best position to offer parents support to help develop the tools and skills to improve their children’s lives. Read full story
The first IMPACT Brain Bags are going home with new moms at Pensacola area hospitals. The bags were designed as early literacy gift bags to help parents begin to understand the power of parent talk in the early development of a child’s brain. Read full story
Check out this video update of the Early Learning Garden at the Bodacious Brew-Thru drive-thru coffee spot at the corner of Main and Baylen streets. Read full story