How You Can Help

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



$25,000 or more

  • Kim & Julian MacQueen – Innisfree Hotels
  • Pen Air Federal Credit Union


$10,000 or more

  • Gulf Power Foundation
  • Sacred Heart Health System
  • Pensacola Rotary
  • Tom Paux
  • Early Learning Coalition of Escambia County
  • Area Housing Commission
  • Thirty Million Words Regatta


$5,000 or more

  • Chris Janes
  • Bear Family Foundation
  • Harold Dawson
  • Jerry Pate Design
  • Morette Company
  • COX
  • Andrew Rothfeder
  • Baptist Health Care
  • Panhandle Charitable Open
  • Victor Wallace
  • Gulf Breeze Pools and Spas
  • Cindi Bonner
  • Alan Davis
  • NAI Pensacola
  • Synovous Bank
  • Ann Neal

$1,000 or more

  • Clark Partington Attorneys at Law
  • Escambia County Sheriff’s Office
  • Outerspaces Landscapes
  • Bear General Contractors
  • Judy Burns and Burns family
  • Combined Insurance Services
  • Highpointe Hotel Corporation
  • Greenhut Construction
  • Mickelson Construction Services
  • Sandy Sansing Foundation
  • Myslak Family
  • Pensacola Beach RV
  • Todd Torgersen
  • David Deliman
  • Josh and Kristen Sitton
  • Diane Appleyard
  • Jean Norman
  • Al Topin
  • Ann Yoshihashi
  • John Peacock
  • Covenant Cares
  • Gulf Power Company
  • Lumon May
  • Navy Federal Credit Union
  • West Florida Hospital
  • Pensacola Lighthouse
  • Brett Ramsey
  • Betty Gail and Denny Peters
  • Pensacola Association of Realtors
  • Peter Bazelli
  • Beck Partners
  • Jeff Bergosh
  • Brian Dare
  • Kesco
  • Kool Karts
  • Levin Papantonio Thomas Mitchell Rafferty Proctor
  • Nemours Children's Specialty Care
  • Mike Papantonio
  • Pensacola Lighthouse Museum
  • Pensacola Police Department
  • Poarch Band Creek Indians
  • Boo and Cody Rawson
  • Doug Ross
  • SMP Architects
  • Stirling Properties
  • Bert Thornton
  • Trulieve
  • Hank Carlstrom
  • Dawn and Rick Fletcher
  • Kelly Hardy
  • Michelle Higgins
  • Rusty and Kristin Longley
  • Spencer Mullet
  • Stacy Robello
  • Ahtyba Rubin
  • Brian and Crystal Spencer

$500 or more

  • Connie Bookman
  • Kevin Mair
  • Cody and Hannah Whitehair
  • Brian and Cristina Williams
  • Dick Baker
  • Mike Morette
  • Nancy Fetterman
  • Julie Sheppard
  • YMCA Northwest Florida
  • Baptist Heart and Vascular Institute
  • John Bullock
  • Hill Crawford
  • Chad Henderson
  • Myron Mickelson
  • Diane Peterson
  • Frank Cutrone
  • Will Dunaway
  • Sonny Granger
  • Rhett James
  • Luke Jernigan
  • Philomena Madden
  • Larry Northrup
  • Jenny Buckley
  • Chris and Jen Roney

$100 or more

  • Chris Pate
  • Mark and Madrina Ciano
  • Jason Crawford
  • Angela Dalessandro
  • Michelle Salzman
  • Aaron Ball
  • Andrew Hobbs
  • Angela Bottesini
  • Doug Bunze
  • Ed Carson
  • Mark Van Dresar
  • Joe DeReuil
  • Kevin Doyle
  • Patty Hightower
  • David and Mary Hoxeng
  • Chris Jaubert
  • Beverly Kopper
  • Kristin Longley
  • Mort O’Sullivan
  • David Peaden
  • Al Kress and Lo Sitton
  • Lara Sweetland
  • Shayn Theriault
  • Amanda Hurd
  • Southern League Professional Baseball
  • Alex Andrade
  • John Baehr
  • Jack Behr
  • Becca Boles
  • Dan Bowen
  • Jack Brown
  • Joe Buehler
  • Kathy Cadwell
  • Susan Davis
  • Mark Denunzio
  • Louis Devlin
  • Paula Doty
  • Chuck Emling
  • Bruce Felder
  • Meg Fitzpatrick
  • Patti Gerhan
  • Rachael Gillette
  • JR Gordon
  • Carolyn Grawi
  • Nancy Halford
  • Doug Herrick
  • Paul Herrick
  • Ann Hill
  • Terry Horne
  • Martha Horton
  • Kathryn Julian
  • Roger Johnson
  • James Knox
  • Frank Lauro
  • Rebecca McKeithen
  • Cecil and Gloria McLeod
  • Mallor McNary
  • Faye Merritt
  • Mike Murdoch
  • Deanna Neal
  • Melanie Nichols
  • Tim O'Keefe
  • Rebecca Ostrum
  • Karen Owen
  • Victoria Papajohn
  • Hillary Person
  • David Peitruszewski
  • Scott Remington
  • Jake Renfroe
  • Sally Rosendahl
  • Dan and Marie Rowe
  • Todd St. Ores
  • Kathy Sandstron
  • Frank Sanshone
  • Scenic Landscaping
  • Kevin Sheridan
  • Craig Sternke
  • Jack Stevenson
  • Henry Stovall
  • Audie Street
  • Susan Ragan
  • Jeff Speck
  • JD Smith
  • Erin Taliaferro
  • Michelle Taylor
  • Jeanne Tew
  • Buddy Vance
  • Frank White
  • Magi Williams
  • Dee Wright
  • Johnnie Wright
  • Ranae Wright
  • Herb Woll
  • C.A. Young
  • Danny Zimmern
  • Mary Baumgardner
  • Jodi Bell
  • Kara Benedict
  • Wade Beroset
  • Rick Boehm
  • Kim Chope
  • Alicia Christy
  • Amanda Dosher
  • Jessica Duncan
  • Karen Fleming
  • Josh Gay
  • Katie Glander
  • John Gromley
  • John Griffing
  • Kim Harvell
  • Sharon Heise
  • Katie Hendry
  • David Ingram
  • Cathy Kamm
  • Sonny Landingin
  • Adam Lassiter
  • Ricki McWilliams
  • Mary Mehta
  • Danny Mickleson
  • Eric Milstead
  • Laura Rae Morette
  • Don and Marny Needle
  • Crissy Nettles
  • Bob and Janet Olliff
  • Barbara Scott Payne
  • Chris Pelt
  • Travis Peterson
  • Jim Reeves
  • Jeff Rogers
  • Emily Sauer
  • David Schmidt
  • Chip Simmons
  • Stephen Simpson
  • George Sitton
  • Tom Stanley
  • Ryan and Abby Taylor
  • Robin Tillery
  • Phil Turner
  • Deb Wroten

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 nwebb@studeri.org.


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