Bruce Watson


WSRE’s inStudio shines light on early childhood education

Pensacola aims to transform “America’s First Settlement” into the “First Early Learning City,” a place in which the entire community builds a culture of lifelong learning. Read full story


Escambia budget hearings see a boost for early learning

One early education program is in line to see a bump in county funding following long Escambia County Commission meetings this week about the 2017 budget. Read full story


Early childhood intervention makes the most difference

Our county’s future well-being depends on developing baby’s brains and getting children ready for kindergarten. Read full story


Stars Over Escambia aims to move talk to quality

The Early Learning Coalition of Escambia County wants to give parents tools to gauge good, better, and best when it comes to quality childcare centers. Read full story


How readiness weighs on VPK providers

As state education officials struggle with measuring kindergarten readiness, VPK providers too face consequences from the uncertainty. Read full story


It makes sense to invest in preschool

Investing in early learning and high-quality preschool programs provides a win-win solution by improving outcomes for children and preparing our future workforce for economic competiveness, all while saving taxpayers money in the long run. Read full story


Florida again struggles with testing readiness

Problems with the way kindergarten readiness is calculated at the state level make it hard for districts that want to use the data to do so. Read full story


Kindergarten readiness rates stalled another year

As the state struggles with kindergarten readiness testing for a second consecutive year, low performing providers of the state's voluntary prekindergarten program remain status quo for another year. Read full story


Helping 5-year-olds make the grade

With new guidelines for kindergarten readiness being rolled out this year, preschool and kindergarten teachers are working both ends of the readiness issue. Read full story


VPK enrollment dipped in Escambia

Changes in registration, transportation access can be barriers to parents enrolling their 4-year-old in the free state preschool program. Read full story

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Gov. Scott proposes boost for early learning

Pensacola early learning advocates applaud proposal that would boost funding for voluntary prekindergarten, school readiness. Read full story


Shannon’s Window: Holding on to the benefits of prek

How do we make prek's benefits last into third grade and beyond? Consistency, say Vanderbilt researchers, something lacking both in Tennessee and Florida. Read full story