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

Building babies’ brains through words

The more words a baby hears in the first three years of life, the better prepared for school and for life she will be. That’s good for the parent, the baby and the community at large. Read full story

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VIDEO: Light Up Learning

This video was part of the program. It was produced to help, as founder Quint Studer often says, explain "the why" behind the Institute's work in improving kindergarten readiness in the community. Read full story

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Photo Gallery: Light Up Learning VIP area

The 2017 Light Up Learning fundraiser VIP area photo gallery. Read full story

Light Up Learning

Light Up Learning lights up early learning efforts

Led by Catholic High School graduate and Studer Community Institute board member Josh Sitton, several of Pensacola's favorite sons joined forces to help invest in the early educational opportunities of the children of this community. Read full story

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Brain Bags: ARC Gateway is part of the Early Learning City

Through the Brain Bags, Arc Gateway is investing in the future of the Pensacola metro area — one child and one set of parents at a time. Read full story

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What are the Three T’s of building a child’s brain

The "Three T's" of building a child's brain help parents create crucial interaction that is the key to building a child’s brain so that it will be healthy, active and ready to learn. Read full story

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Pensacola’s favorite sons helping invest in community’s future

Led by Catholic High School graduate and Studer Community Institute board member Josh Sitton, several of Pensacola's favorite sons are joining forces to help invest in the early educational opportunities of the children of this community. Read full story

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Building babies’ brains through home visits

Providing professionals who make home visits the tools and skills to assist at-risk parents is another important step in helping young children reach developmental milestones. Read full story

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Another story in the 2017 FSA scores

Data shows how children from 2013-2014 fared on state test in third grade

These third-graders were kindergartners in the 2013-2014 school year. That's the last school year that the state released the results of the Florida Kindergarten Readiness Screener (FLKRS). Read full story

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Pensacola’s Expo: A glimpse of what the future holds

Pensacola’s Expo is another example of Studer Family of Companies’ mission to improve the quality of life for everyone in Northwest Florida. Read full story

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Brain Bags: Sweet music to build a brain by

The University of West Florida donated a recording of lullaby music to the Brain Bag project. Rhythm, repetition, even the math of music, are all pieces of the puzzle of early brain development. Read full story

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Operation Backpack starting up

City of Pensacola Parks Department hosting school supply drive June 1-Aug. 4

Schools out for summer, but the City of Pensacola Parks & Recreation Department already has next school year on the brain. Read full story