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.
Reaching and teaching children in their earliest years — both at home and at daycare or preschool — can help ensure that they get the healthy and strong start they need to begin school ready to learn and grow. Read full story
Later this year, Pensacola moms and babies will be part of the University of Chicago's research on how to boost parent knowledge of early brain development. Read full story
Statewide proposed increase of $36 million in early learning could mean nearly $1 million for two programs in Escambia County, local officials say. Read full story
Developing partnerships and relationships go a long way in finding the right people and places to help parents help their children succeed in school and in life. Read full story