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.
It was through the spirit of giving that brought together nearly 30 organizations of Escambia County through the generosity of Onbikes Pensacola. Read full story
Are some books better choices than others, especially for children under age 12 to 18 months? Maybe yes, says one study. Read full story
Rebeccah Vires and her staff are doing the Brain Bag teaching with moms and finding it a good time to talk about the critical importance of parent interaction with children in building a brain. Read full story
The Parent Outreach Program is one of several initiatives created and designed to offer educational and informative lessons and activities to engage and involve parents. Read full story
Who knew public art could be part of an Early Learning City? Read full story
The nursing staff at West Florida Hospital says the Brain Bags are a valuable tool that helps them have teachable moments with their moms. Read full story
The primary purpose of the programs is to provide parents with the skills to help build their babies’ brains and prepare them for kindergarten, school and life. Read full story