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.

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Investment in early education through community partnerships

Building relationships and creating partnerships go a long way in establishing programs that help people and communities grow and thrive. Read full story

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Parent engagement key to building babies brains

The critical importance of parental engagement cannot be understated in ensuring a young child will be ready from day one for success in school and in life. Read full story

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Escambia County motherhood by the numbers

What was motherhood in Escambia County in 2015 by the numbers? Read full story

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Pen Air Credit Union, Wahoos, SCI announce partnership

Later this month, Pen Air Federal Credit Union, Blue Wahoos and Studer Community Institute will host a special event to announce a partnership to benefit the Institute's Early Learning City effort. Read full story

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SCI Dashboard 2017 update

The Studer Community Institute's Pensacola Metro Dashboard has been updated for 2017. Read full story

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Update: Building a community through partnerships

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

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Update: Build a brain one step at a time

As state of Florida officials prepare to rollout a new kindergarten readiness test next school year, it is more important than ever that every parent understands the importance of talking and reading to a child before the first day of school. Read full story

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County’s Play, Grow Learn effort offering spring break program

Escambia County's Play, Learn, Grow program is offering a free spring break camp. Check out the details here. Read full story

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Building babies brains one step at a time

Every contact made, each partnership created is another step closer to nurturing successful lives in talking to children in important ways to build their brains. Read full story

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Update: Brain Bags on target to launch mid-March

The Brain Bag is meant as something to help get the conversation started — between parent and child, grandparent and child, and between parent and healthcare professional. Read full story

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Saving the American Dream for “Our Kids”

Robert Putnam, a public policy professor at Harvard University and bestselling author, who will be part of WSRE’s Public Square Speakers Series, in partnership with Studer Community Institute, on April 18. Read full story

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Update: Parents key to building better babies

Parents are their children’s first teachers and if we are to have any success to build better babies, we have to reach parents to help them become the best first teachers they can be for their babies' earliest years and beyond. Read full story