Home Education “Brigadier Birth to 5” early learning center opens October 13th

“Brigadier Birth to 5” early learning center opens October 13th

toddlers at school

An early learning center of excellence serving Escambia County children and families.


Pensacola’s Community Action Program Committee, Inc. will host the grand opening of its newest center for early learning, “Brigadier Birth to 5” on Wednesday, October 13 at 10 a.m. at 401 Brigadier Street.

The grand opening will invite dignitaries and special guests to tour the new facility and highlight features of the new center, which includes a blended model of Early Head Start infant and toddler classrooms and Head Start preschool classrooms for 3- and 4-year-olds. When fully built out, Brigadier Birth to 5 will house a state-of-the-art Community Kitchen and enroll 185 children on its 7-acre campus, which will include 153 children in nine Head Start classrooms and 32 infants and toddlers in four Early Head Start classrooms.

“Children who participate in Head Start programs receive innumerable benefits,” said CAPC Executive Director Doug Brown. “These advantages appear immediately, last a lifetime, and have an impact on other generations. The effects are particularly strong among children who are dual-language learners, children who are homeless or in foster care, those who qualify for free lunch, and those whose parents didn’t graduate high school. When children receive high-quality birth-to-five education, such as Early Head Start plus Head Start, the return on investment can be as high
as 13% annually as measured by long-term educational, health, economic, and social impacts.”

Brigadier Birth to 5 is located in the Warrington neighborhood of west Pensacola, occupying a robust campus that most recently served as the headquarters for Camelot Academy, an Escambia County School District alternative school. From 1992-2010, the Brigadier location was home to Expanded Special Education Agricultural Laboratory (ESEAL), a high school that combined special education with vocational training in welding, horticulture, carpentry, landscaping and food services. In addition to early education classrooms, the Brigadier footprint contains a variety of facilities that over time will enrich and enhance CAPC’s whole child, whole family, whole community vision.

About Community Action Program Committee, Inc.-Pensacola (CAPC)

Since 1965, CAPC’s mission is to help families achieve self-sufficiency, build strong and resilient communities, and ensure a more equitable community by creating solutions to poverty in collaboration with partners and stakeholders.