2017 LENA Early Language Conference

Combining Approaches to Boost Early Talk

September 12-14, 2017 • Vail, Colorado

Solving the early language crisis means reaching all the adults who impact a child’s life: parents, caregivers, and educators. To connect these touchpoints, we are convening experts in social change, education, healthcare, funding, and research at a multi-disciplinary colloquy in Vail, Colorado.


LENA Conference 2017 is by invitation only. A limited number of open slots are available. For planning purposes, conference registration will be $299 for those who register before July 28, 2017, and $399 thereafter. To request an invitation, please submit your request via the LENA Conference 2017 RSVP Form. Email conference@lena.org with any questions.


On the evening of September 12th, the conference will begin with a networking welcome reception. A full day of presentations will follow on the 13th, and a half day session will close out the event on the 14th. Download the conference schedule.


We’ve put together a great lineup of speakers and interactive sessions to explore the theme of “Paths to Opportunity”! Learn more about our plenary speakers below:

  • Patricia Kuhl, PhD

    Patricia Kuhl, PhD
    University of Washington
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  • Ariel Kalil, PhD

    Ariel Kalil, PhD
    University of Chicago
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  • Flavio Cunha, PhD

    Flávio Cunha, PhD
    Rice university
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To reach Vail, fly into Denver International Airport (DEN) or Eagle County Airport (EGE). Ground transportation from either airport to the Hotel Talisa is available through Colorado Mountain Express (CME) and can be booked directly via this link.


The conference will be held at Hotel Talisa, located at the base of Vail Mountain. The regular room rate is $399 per night, but a special conference price of $189 is available to our participants on a limited basis.




Thank you!

Special thanks to the Overdeck Family Foundation for their sponsorship and support.

Download “Findings from the 2015 LENA Conference”

At the 2015 “Parents Have the Power” conference, the LENA Foundation brought together researchers and practitioners who seldom spend time in the same room. As presentations and discussions unfolded, five broad themes emerged around closing the “talk gap.”
Download the “Findings” paper to learn more.