Your support helps us ensure that every child has the best chance to succeed when he/she enters kindergarten. 

  1. Coordinating home visits with the Thirty Million Words program
  2. Parent engagement in the community with a focus on children birth to 3
  3. Integrating learning into the external environment including public spaces
  4. Brain Bags - literacy bags for every new moms at all three birthing hospitals in Escambia County before they leave the hospital. 
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About Us

The Studer Community Institute's mission is to improve the quality of life for people in the Pensacola Metro. 

Research indicates two areas that are key to an area’s quality of life are jobs and education. The Institute’s research shows improving these two areas are crucial to improving the quality of life for all the citizens of the Pensacola metro area.

In education, the Institute is focused on efforts to create “America’s First Early Learning City” and boost kindergarten readiness. An Early Learning City is a place that enlists the whole community in building a culture of lifelong learning, including in its public spaces. It is a community that supports early brain development, parent engagement and school readiness for all of our children, especially those ages birth to 5.

In job creation and development, the Institute provides leadership development training and sponsors workshops geared to help businesses and not-for-profits strengthen their organizations. Outreach programs include a lecture series, symposiums and town hall meetings.

Our trainings offer important skill-building opportunities for small and medium-sized businesses, nonprofits and entrepreneurs. With more skills, business owners and employees in turn create better-run organizations that are better positioned to thrive, create more jobs and support a stronger community.

Our Key Issues


Early Brain Development 

Parent Engagement 

School Readiness

Training and Development 

Growing Jobs



"On behalf of the Escambia Retired Educators Association, I can say (the Be the Bulb Early Learning Challenge) generated quality discussion as to how the Escambia Retired Educators Association can assist with readiness for our children."  

Jeff Garthwaite, Retired Principal


"I am personally grateful to the Studer Community Institute for its continued commitment to the health and success of our community."

Theresa Chmiel, Executive Director of the Escambia County Healthy Start Coalition Inc.