Transform interactions in child care through job-embedded professional development.
Unique data insights coupled with strengths-based coaching.
LENA Grow is an innovative, research-based professional development program for infant, toddler, and pre-k teachers. Measuring the most predictive elements of child outcomes, LENA Grow supports stakeholders at every level, helping teachers gain the skills to measurably improve classroom quality by boosting interactions and helping leadership make more informed planning and policy decisions.
The program couples LENA’s “talk pedometer” technology with weekly coaching sessions. Teachers gain data insights that go far beyond typical feedback, leading to quality improvement without additional burden on their schedules.
leverage a strengths-based approach to develop skills that increase interaction and enhance both child and teacher development. Explore an interactive sample of the coaching curriculum.
The LENA Online™ portal
simplifies program administration and provides access to coaching resources including videos, handouts, and materials to support family engagement.
Training, analysis, and
are provided by dedicated LENA staff to help ensure successful implementations with high fidelity.
Coaching sessions leverage a strengths-based approach to develop skills that increase interaction and enhance both child and teacher development. Explore an interactive sample of the coaching curriculum.
The LENA Online™ portal simplifies program administration and provides access to coaching resources including videos, handouts, and materials to support family engagement.
Training, analysis, and support are provided by dedicated LENA staff to help ensure successful implementations with high fidelity.
How does LENA Grow work?
Mindfulness of not burdening the teacher is central to the LENA Grow model. All teachers have to do to get detailed, helpful data is switch on LENA devices and put them on the children at the start of day, then take them off when the children leave. During each brief coaching session, teachers learn tips to increase talk during their normal daily routines. There are no additional activities for teachers to add into their schedule or time required to fit something else into their day.
Children only grow up once, and they really should have the best experience we can give them. If you can make a difference in these early years, you can really change the entire life of a child.
Session Sequence & Coaching Topics
During the program, one LENA Day is followed by a coaching session each week, for a typical program length of about three months. Orientation kicks off the program for teachers, building buy-in and covering initial logistics. At Coaching Session 1, teachers receive their first LENA Grow reports and learn about the brain science behind the program. Coaching Sessions 2-10 follow a standard four-step flow that takes about 20 minutes. Each session is designed to enhance focus on a specific daily care routine. Check out the sample for Session 3: Outdoor Play.
Impacts and outcomes
increase in conversational turns for children who started out below average
of teachers reported increased confidence in their teaching abilities
Learn more about LENA’s alignment with the CLASS®
Who is using LENA Grow?
LENA Grow is implemented through trusted community partners including human service organizations, county and state-level agencies, and schools. Explore the case studies below to learn more about these implementations:
Now more than ever, interaction with children matters.
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, our funders have stepped up to help fund the launch of new LENA Grow partnerships. These funds, available by application until June 30th, will offset a significant portion of the costs to implement LENA Grow. Learn more and apply here. Our partnerships team is happy to help with your application and explore how the LENA team can help with your community’s specific needs. Click here to schedule a time to talk.
For a detailed overview of the structure of coaching sessions, LENA Grow’s impact and outcomes, examples of current partners who are implementing the program, and next steps for launching, watch our short introduction LENA Grow: