thirty million word initiative


Parent involvement crucial to child’s success

A critical part of our mission to improve the quality of life everyone in Northwest Florida is getting more children ready for kindergarten. To help the children means helping their parents. Read full story


Building babies’ brains through home visits

Providing professionals who make home visits the tools and skills to assist at-risk parents is another important step in helping young children reach developmental milestones. Read full story


Providing parents tools to develop their babies’ brains

Reaching children in their earliest years can help ensure that they get the healthy and strong start they need to begin school ready to learn and grow. Read full story


Pensacola Lighthouse is shining a light on early education

The Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum has plans to make the visit for younger children of family and tourists a more engaging experience by focusing on and enhancing early education. Read full story


Baby talk boosts early childhood learning

This community is on the right track to developing our youth for lifelong chances of success. Investing in early learning is a true investment for our city’s future. Read full story


SCI invites ‘Thirty Million Words’ author Dana Suskind to Pensacola

Renowned pediatric surgeon and author Dr. Dana Suskind is coming to Pensacola to share her research on improving kindergarten readiness by helping young brains grow through language. Read full story


Small talk makes a big difference in a child’s early development

Dr. Dana Suskind shows how parents can put into practice the core strategies of the Thirty Million Words Initiative to bridge the achievement gap between less affluent children and their more affluent peers. Read full story