Early learning

Early learning

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

Education

The new normal in kindergarten readiness

Changes will see providers evaluate preschoolers to gauge kindergarten readiness beginning next year

Pensacola area VPK providers get ready for the "new normal" as changes to how kindergarten readiness is measured begin rolling out. Read full story

First 1,000 days

The importance of a child’s first 1,000 days

In recent years attention is increasingly focused on the most critical period of life — the first 1,000 days from pregnancy to the second birthday. Read full story

Education

The quality of pre-K makes a difference

Early learning has earned praised as a panacea to transport poor kids into the education mainstream, but a new study raises serious doubts about its benefits. Read full story

Early education

Does universal pre-K help the children who need it most?

Universal pre-K has been touted as a panacea in early education, but new studies show the children who would most benefit — the poor, the disengaged and the disadvantaged — get short-shrift if the program isn't fully funded. Read full story

Government

Breaking down Escambia’s outside agency funding requests

How much will Escambia County pay toward kindergarten readiness, job creation, tourism promotion and a host of other requests from outside agencies? Read on. Read full story

Education

Parents can’t talk enough to their children

Georgia's Talk With Me Baby initiative aims to encourage more parents to talk to their babies, a tactic proven to improve a child's readiness for school. Read full story

Education

Early learning could get federal boost

Early Learning officials are hoping for federal funding after state lawmakers failed to pass legislation that would raise health and safety standards for voluntary pre-kindergarten and school-readiness programs for the second year in a row. Read full story

Education

A way to make children’s lives better?

Advocates say lessons learned in St. Lucie County could bear fruit for Escambia County's children

At the third annual early education summit, advocates heard lessons learned in St. Lucie County that could bear fruit for Escambia County's children. Read full story

Community

Imagination Station wants to get you in the early literacy game

WSRE's Imagination Station is hosting an event on April 12 that aims to bring a love of learning to the old ball game at Pensacola Bayfront Stadium. Read full story

Commentary

Guest commentary: The Over-Testing of 4-year-olds

One test, two test, red test, blue test. Over-testing fever threatening to touch Florida's 4-year-olds, writes early learning advocate Kathleen Reynolds. Read full story

Commentary

Shannon’s Window: Kindergarten readiness scores remain in the dark

The problems in calculating this year's kindergarten readiness scores highlight the fact that the problems with FSA writing test weren't an aberration. Read full story