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We are so excited to announce our first-ever Kia for Kids giveaway sponsored by Jessica Lee's Pensacola Kia Autosport. 

This raffle ticket enters you for your chance to win a two-year lease on a Kia Sorrento! Only 200 tickets are up for grabs.

All proceeds benefit the Early Learning Program of Studer Community Institute. With the money raised, we can fund our Brain Bag Program, which provides tools for moms in all four birthing hospitals in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties; our Parent Outreach Program that teaches families how to engage with their children; and The Basics Pensacola, which uses five key parenting principles to fuel early brain development.  

If you have any questions on how to enter please, contact Shannon Nickinson -

About Studer Community Institute

Our Work

Since 2017, SCI has been working to change the trajectory of children in Escambia County. The Brain Bag is our signature program, and we have now added a video lesson component based on our partnership with the University of Chicago’s TMW Center for Early Learning and Public Health.

Jay Brown’s daughter, Lucy, is a Brain Bag baby, and he and his wife are grateful for the gift. “The Brain Bags were such a nice thing to receive. My wife just mentioned to someone that new babies, in fact, now DO come with instructions!” Jay shared.

 Domonique Murry found it a critical help for her son, Caiden Cleveland. 

“The Brain Bag helped me understand the importance of talking to my baby, reading to him, singing and making eye contact,” said Murry, 28, a mother of four. “It is a good tool to help mothers help their babies develop. It helps me form a bond after birth.”

The University of Chicago was our partner in a two-year research project reaching women in Escambia County. That research shows a video lesson can help moms learn important information about how talking, reading, singing, and playing from the beginning days of an infant’s life, can lay the foundation for healthy brain development and set a path for school readiness and a bright future. 


Parent Outreach. Our partnership with Area Housing Commission to host weekly parenting classes in some of the pockets of greatest need in our community. Since we began, 240 parents, grandparents, and family members have attended our sessions at Attucks and Moreno courts and Oakwood Terrace, getting valuable information and coaching about why reading, talking, singing and playing every day from the very beginning of a child’s life is important to giving that child a good chance for a great start in school.

 Our goal this year is to double-down on that promising research and spread it across our community, equipping parents to do more for their children. To do that, we’ve added:


The Basics Pensacola. SCI is a local affiliate of the Boston Basics Network founded at the Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University. The Basics Pensacola are five, fun, and simple ways that every family can benefit children from all backgrounds. It includes video lessons, text messaging, and curriculum designed to teach parents, grandparents, and caregivers these five basic concepts and how to implement them. 


Sibling Brain Builders: In partnership with five local schools serving at-risk communities, SCI has enlisted older siblings to help younger siblings and students by reading together. Early results show it is boosting reading fluency for the older siblings and exposing younger children to much-needed focused reading and interaction time.

Why is all of this focus on early years learning important? 

School readiness has a huge influence on school completion rates — and that is something that matters a great deal to a person’s future job earnings.

Data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that a high school dropout earns an average of $21,023, compared to $31,283 for a high school graduate, and $58,613 for someone with a bachelor’s degree.

If we want a community that is prosperous and vital, we need to invest in our children to ensure they have the best foundation possible — for school and life.