Pensacola Education Report 2015 Part 3

The Class of 2028 are preschoolers now. The day they will get their caps and gowns may seem far off, but those open faces and minds will be filled soon enough. And the most important groundwork for their academic progress is laid before they step through a schoolhouse door.

When people talk about education reform, a lot of that energy is focused on K-12.

“The longer I’m in this business, the more I am convinced that to solve this community’s challenges long-term, it will begin long before a student walks in a school door,” says Escambia schools Superintendent Malcolm Thomas.

State Rep. Clay Ingram, who also is the new president of the Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce, says workforce development begins long before career academies or community colleges.

“The focus has to be on early education,” Ingram says.

In the third installment of the Studer Community Institute’s education report, we look at the growing body of research that supports the importance of early learning, the importance of getting parents involved in that process at all ages and at two programs working now in the Pensacola metro area to help bridge that gap.

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