Education is the key in moving our community and improving the quality of life.
The high-school graduation rate is one of the best indicators of a community’s economic prospects. When companies explore moving to a community, one of the first things they look up is the graduation rate. Our graduation rate is holding the area back. In Escambia County, just 64 percent of our high-schoolers walk away with a diploma. For black students, it’s 51 percent. These numbers are some of the lowest rates in the state.
The state average is 75.6 percent overall. 1 in 3 Escambia County students didn’t graduate last year.
The impact of generational poverty on the community’s economic and educational prospects is reflected in measures such as the free- and reduced-price lunch rate — which in Escambia County is 62 percent.
The Florida Office of Early Learning says on average 33 percent of Escambia 5-year- olds are not ready for kindergarten. Often those children come from poor families.
A committee that looked at ways to improve how Florida prepares and tracks the readiness of its youngest students had some suggestions on how to do that. Read full story
LENA Start's primary focus is helping parents build stronger conversational habits that will have an impact on babies by providing parents with a powerful resource to help keep talk top of mind. Read full story
Our IMPACT grant put Brain Bags into the hands of some 3,838 new parents last year. Nurses at three hospitals have used those bags to teach patients that talking with a newborn is as important changing diapers and healthy feeding. Read full story
The 52-page publication provides valuable tips, useful guides and innovative ideas to engage and involve parents in their young children’s lives. Read full story
Turning the tide for our community requires investment from every corner of our community — as the folks at Weis Community School know well. Read full story
As we embark on a new year, we want to expand Parent Outreach in other places to serve more parents and their children. Read full story
The First Words Project at Florida State University has developed these guidelines to help parents track the language development skills of their infants and toddlers. Read full story
As we embark on a new year, SCI plans to expand Parent Outreach and LENA Start programs in more places to serve more parents and their children. Read full story
In 2017, the University of Chicago began using Pensacola as part of the research pool for a new-parent education tool they are developing. Read full story