Success Stories of LENA In Action
LENA in the News
City Pages by B.C. Kowalski, 05/31/2018
Local parents are lauding a ground-breaking new tool for early childhood development. The deceptively simple goal: Help babies’ brains grow by talking with them more.
Channel 6, Wichita Falls, TX by Author, 04/17/2018
The Hechinger Report by Jill Gilkerson, 04/03/2018
Verbal engagement can influence child development more strongly than parental income or education, study shows
Brown Daily Herald by Reporter Name, 03/07/2018
Northeast Indiana Public Radio by , 03/05/2018
Virginian Pilot by Reporter Name, 03/02/2018
The Journal by Reporter Name, 02/28/2018
Scientific American by Reporter Name, 02/22/2018
MIT by Reporter Name, 02/13/2018
Chalkbeat by , 11/29/2017
Home-Start UK by , 11/21/2017
Boulder Daily Camera by , 09/20/2017
Iowa State University, Human Sciences by , 09/05/2017
Stuff, New Zealand by , 08/07/2017
NBC News by , 07/16/2017
Brookings Institute by , 07/10/2017
Christian Science Monitor by , 05/10/2017
Wisconsin Public Radio by , 04/06/2017
Detroit News by , 02/17/2017
CBC Radio by , 02/05/2017
Popular Science by , 01/21/2017
Star Tribune by , 05/07/2016
freakonomics by , 11/19/2015
The Atlantic by , 07/08/2015
Smartphones and other devices help parents teach and reach their little ones.
Education Week by , 04/21/2015
Key to Vocabulary Gap Is Quality of Conversation, Not Dearth of Words.
The New Yorker by , 01/12/2015
Margaret Talbot takes a deep dive into the Providence Talks program and its use of LENA technology to measure talk.
Affect Magazine by , 10/14/2014
This Affect Magazine article introduces a new language-focused Chicago preschool called VOCEL, which stands for Viewing Our Children as Emerging Leaders. LENA is used as an assessment tool at VOCEL to quantify classroom interactions and track each child's progress.
Al Jazeera by , 10/14/2014
An Al Jazeera piece highlights the Providence Talks program and shows families on graduation day.
Latino USA by , 09/26/2014
A radio piece on Latino USA highlights LENA technology, its use in the Thirty Million Words initiative, and the importance of speaking to young children in your native language.
New America EdCentral by , 07/21/2014
An article in New America Ed Central featured LENA's technology and commentary from LENA's co-founder and chairman, Terry Paul.
PBS Newshour by , 07/11/2014
Euronews by , 04/18/2014
Contemporary Pediatrics by , 04/01/2014
The New York Times by , 03/26/2014
A New York Times article and video on new programs that focus on the home environment of very young children and how the use of LENA's Digital Language Processor (DLP) technology can benefit these initiatives.
NPR by , 03/17/2014
National Public Radio ran a story on the efforts to close the word and achievement gap in Providence, Rhode Island using LENA with home visitation.
The Economist by , 02/22/2014
The Economist reported on the growing scientific evidence on the importance of parent talk and its implications for policy. LENA is noted as a tool to help close the gap.
Office of Mayor Angel Taveras by , 02/03/2014
Providence, Rhode Island won Grand Prize in the 2012-2013 Bloomberg Philanthropies' “Mayors Challenge” competition with a proposal to use the LENA System for recording and reporting children's language environment as part of a pioneering initiative to improve language development in children ages 0-3. The “Providence Talks” program, which took first place in the competition against 20 finalists selected from 305 applicants, rolls out this spring with a pilot of 75 families, and is expected to grow to 2,000 families by 2015. The LENA donated its full participation in Providence Talks, including all equipment, software and staff time.
The New York Times by , 08/24/2013
Richard H. Thaler, an economist from the University of Chicago, notes that research findings in social and behavioral science can be used to improve public policy. One example is the word gap between poor and affluent families. He discusses the programs of Dr. Dana Suskind and Providence Talks, both aimed at minimizing the word gap, including their use of LENA as a tool to provide feedback to parents.
Slate by , 06/25/2013
Lexicon Valley, a Slate podcast about language hosted by Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo, discussed the importance of talking to your kids. Betty Hart and Todd Risley's research, "Providence Talks,"" and LENA were all part of the discussion.
The Early Ed Watch Blog by , 06/29/2009
Words are good. Conversation is better.