Brain Bag Sponsorship

Studer Community Institute is focused on “the first 1,000 days” of a baby’s life.

Those first 3 years of life are critical in a child’s brain development.

Research tells us that the more words a child hears by age 3, the more growth occurs in their brains. The “achievement gap” — the 30 million word gap between children from low-income families and those from better-off families is linked to early language exposure.

The Brain Bags are early literacy kits that all three major birthing hospitals in Escambia County will give to their new mothers upon discharge from the hospital. They aim to coach parents on the power that language has to build a child’s brain, especially in the critical first three years of life.

They include teaching points, developed from materials from Studer Community Institute’s partners at the University of Chicago’s Thirty Million Words Initiative, to give new parents advice about how to work more words into their interactions with their babies at home.

Studer Community Institute How You Can Help Dan Barnes Reading to Children

Giving Levels

$25,000 Donation

  • Logo included on 5,000 brain bags
  • Opportunity to provide material in the brain bag binder*

$20,000 Donation

  • Logo included on the back cover of the binder
  • Opportunity to provide material in the brain bag binder*

$15,000 Donation

  • Opportunity to provide material in the brain bag binder*

Brain Bag Binder - community resources and shared content to help new parents know where to go at glance for help, advice and guidance locally. It’s all designed to be the first of many conversations we hope to help start with new parents about how important it is to talk to their babies.


*Any collateral in the Brain Bag must be approved by Studer Community Institute and is required to be relevant and educational to the audience receiving the Brain Bags.


Our early learning projects are made possible by the support of our donors, partners and sponsors. Their generosity is improving the quality of life in our community.

Thank you for helping make Pensacola an Early Learning City.



$100,000 or more

  • IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area.


$25,000 or more

  • Marcus & Cindy Michles, Michles & Booth
  • Fredric G. Levin – Levin Papantonio
  • Anonymous
  • Kim & Julian MacQueen – Innisfree Hotels
  • SunTrust Foundation


$10,000 or more

  • Chris Janes
  • Gulf Power Foundation
  • Brooke and Chad Henderson
  • Sacred Heart Health System


$5,000 or more

  • Bear Family Foundation
  • Chris Pate
  • Clark Partington Attorneys at Law
  • Dawson Family Foundation Trust
  • Elebash’s Jewelers
  • Escambia County Sheriff’s Office
  • Jerry Pate Design
  • Morette Company
  • Tom and Gigi Owens – Bayside Structure
  • Pen Air Federal Credit Union

$1,000 or more

  • Dick and Carolyn Appleyard
  • Lavern and Dick Baker
  • Bear General Contractors
  • BBVA Compass
  • Burns Family in honor of Ronald McDonald House
  • Combined Insurance Services
  • COX
  • Miller Caldwell
  • CPC Office Technologies
  • Escambia County Commissioners
  • Shirley Cronley
  • Downtown Pensacola Rotary
  • Highpointe Hotel Corporation
  • Patrick Elebash
  • FSA Investment Group
  • Ryan Greenhut
  • IHMC
  • Stephanie Jaubert
  • Allen Kress
  • Levin and Rinke Realty
  • Lincoln Property Company
  • McGuire’s Irish Pub
  • Mickelson Construction Services
  • Jodi Mickelson
  • Morette Construction
  • Autumn Morris
  • Sandy Sansing Foundation
  • Myslak Family
  • Peggy Nickelsen
  • Mort O’Sullivan – Warren Averett
  • Philip Partington
  • Pensacola Beach RV
  • Pensacola Beach Mardi Gras, Inc.
  • SMP Architects
  • Tia and Fred Robbins
  • Andrew Rothdefer
  • SmartBank
  • Jon Shell
  • Todd Torgersen
  • Fred Vidgosky
  • Cynthia Warren
  • Melvin Warren
  • Vince Whibbs

$500 or more

  • Outerspaces Landscapes
  • Connie Bookman
  • Karen Burke
  • Scott Burton
  • Elisabeth Buswell
  • Mark and Madrina Ciano
  • Jason Crawford
  • Angela Dalessandro
  • David Deliman
  • Randy Hammer
  • Huron Consulting Group
  • Kazoo Kares Foundation
  • Shannon Libbert
  • Dan Lindemann
  • McKenzie Lohbeck
  • Kevin Mair
  • Scott Malone
  • Jan and Ron Miller
  • Stephen Moorhead
  • Curt Morse
  • Jean N’Dione
  • Parker Payne
  • Beverly Pica
  • Janet Pilcher
  • Megan Pratt
  • Dr. Ed Ranelli
  • Andrew Rothfeder
  • Michelle Salzman
  • Lisa Nellessen Savage
  • Josh and Kristen Sitton
  • Christopher Tonn
  • Charlie Ward
  • Kyle Watson
  • Cody and Hannah Whitehair
  • Brian and Cristina Williams

$100 or more

  • Robert Brown
  • Jennifer Buckley
  • Judy Burns
  • Michael Burroughs
  • Karla Eddins
  • Kim Franklin
  • Clint Hill
  • Andrew Hobbs
  • Chris Horak
  • Amanda Hurd
  • Landry Leidner
  • Ricki McWilliams
  • Cherie Meguess
  • John Miller
  • Sharon Morette
  • Michelle Salzman
  • Aldria Walker
  • Deborah Mclemore

You, too, can join us in our mission to improve the quality of life. Help us as we work together to make Pensacola the best place in the world to live and raise a family.

To learn more, contact Nicole Webb Bodie, Director of Community and Business Outreach, at [email protected]


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