kindergarten readiness

Education

How do you know if your child is ready for school?

Research and education experts say that early learning is a critical indicator for a child’s future success in school and in life. Read full story

Education

VPK in Florida grows up

State program that makes a half-day of prek free to all 4-year-olds is a decade old

State officials mark 10 years of the VPK, which offers a half-day of preschool free to every Florida 4-year-old, as they move forward with new tools to gauge its impact on kindergarten readiness. Read full story

Education

Shannon’s Window: Where I’d rather spend Trump Day

Trump Day in Pensacola will be full of talk about how to make America great. It might be nice to spend a fraction of that effort on making Pensacola great — one child at a time. Read full story

Education

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

Education

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

Education

Removing barriers that keep poor kids from learning

A Missouri schools superintendent has proved that students from low-income, high-poverty families can achieve in school with the right approach and attention. Read full story

Education

Can early education start too early?

Preschool and kindergarten readiness are critical indicators for a child’s future success in school and in life, but the increasing attention on early education is raising considerable debate about how early is too early for kids to start school. Read full story

Shannon's Window

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

Shannon's Window

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

Education

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

Education

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

Education

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