kindergarten readiness

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How one community uses coaching to overcome poverty

One Boston-area program uses one-on-one coaching to help women work their way out of poverty. It's a lesson Pensacola could heed if we wanted to hear it. Read full story

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The view beyond the Fish House sign

As we contemplate a special city council meeting to hear complaints about The Fish House's new sign, let us consider a bigger issue on Pensacola's horizon. Read full story


It’s time for all of us to own the ’66 percent’

I often wonder if the community sees our graduation rates and kindergarten readiness as a problem, as issues that hold back Escambia. Read full story


How young is too young to start testing?

As much as we need standards and accountability to measure children’s abilities and progress, there is growing opposition to standardized assessments for young children. Read full story


Poverty pockets hold back Escambia

Research by the Studer Community Institute and UWF has found that the poverty rate for households with children is 10 percent or higher in a third of the Census tracts in Escambia County. Read full story


Investing in our children and schools

Preparing children for kindergarten and helping them finish high school is crucial to this community’s economic health and overall quality of life. Read full story

Early education

School Readiness, performance funding also boosted

Voluntary prekindergarten isn't the only part of the state's early education budget Gov. Rick Scott proposes boosting. Read full story

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How the Twin Cities tackled kindergarten readiness

Generation Next built a coalition of business, education and civic leaders to improve graduation and kindergarten readiness rates in Minneapolis-St. Paul. Read full story


All children deserve a high-quality early education

There is little agreement on how government — at the local, state and federal level — can make pre-K more affordable to more middle-class families. Read full story


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


State VPK providers status quo for a year on readiness scores

Problems with state testing system last school year mean VPK providers won't use new system until this spring

Voluntary prekindergarten providers are trying out a new evaluation tool to gauge how ready for school their kids will be — but it isn't without snags. Read full story


Finding ways to bridge early language gaps

The quality of relationships, experiences and language during a child's first 1,000 days sets the foundation for future heath, development and educational achievement. Read full story