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Make every interaction count in early
childhood education.

Unique data insights coupled with practice-based professional development.


LENA Grow is unique among the professional development opportunities available for infant, toddler, and preschool educators.

The program focuses on a single, straightforward, proven solution to accelerating brain growth, boosting social-emotional development, and increasing kindergarten readiness.

That solution: Giving early childhood educators the tools they need to improve language environments equitably and to truly connect with each and every child in their care.

“We have children who are being isolated, who aren’t being talked to. We wouldn’t think of not feeding children, but we’re not feeding them language.”

— Dr. Libby Doggett, former Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education


How LENA Grow Works

LENA Grow Cycle

In just five weeks of LENA Grow (or two stackable five-week sequences), educators renew the energy, dedication, and pride with which they approach the profession, appreciating more than ever just how critical a role they play in children’s lives.

The coaching and feedback loop leads to an increase in interaction and a heightened sense of connectedness with the children. In turn, the children gain all the short- and long-term benefits associated with increased conversational turns. That’s according to a rapidly growing body of peer-reviewed research and independent evaluations.

Explore a coaching session in action

The educator’s perspective

LENA Grow motivates early childhood educators to become active participants in their own professional development — both for their own future and that of the children in their care. Our survey results indicate that the program helps teachers increase self-efficacy and job satisfaction.

“I believed that I was being vocal with the children daily, but the data gave a spotlight on how to scaffold conversations into taking more back-and-forth turns and being more child-initiated. I was excited to see how setting and meeting weekly goals can have an immediate impact on my learning environment. It was an eye-opening experience.”

Brigitte Willis, Director of A Better Day Christian Learning Center in Grovetown, Ga.

Download the LENA Grow Impact Report


Every single LENA program contributes not just to improved outcomes for individual children and educators, but also to sophisticated research. The data that come from LENA’s programs provide the most robust pictures of early language environments that exist anywhere. Each program’s dataset translates into new research findings, which in turn translates into an even more effective, evolving program model.

Download Report

LENA Program Impact Report

We work with a wide array of LENA Grow partners


LENA Grow is highly flexible. The program works effectively in both home- and center-based care settings to boost positive interactions between children and caregivers. Explore our collection of partner case studies and webinars to learn more about how organizations are making scalable improvements in child care quality with LENA Grow:


Join the movement to put early talk front and center

LENA Grow started with just one program partner in 2016. As of 2022, the program has served over 16,000 children and 4,500 educators across 29 states and three countries.

Learn more about how we can work together to support the children and early childhood educators in your community:



Ready to learn more about bringing LENA Grow to your community?

Get started by taking a LENA Program Readiness Assessment. It only takes about 10 minutes to complete and is an important first step in adding LENA to your program offerings.

Complete a readiness assessment

Now accepting applications for LENA Grow Launch Funds!

Learn more and apply

LENA Grow

Make every interaction count in early childhood education.

Unique data insights coupled with practice-based professional development.

LENA Grow is unique among the professional development opportunities available for infant, toddler, and preschool educators.

The program focuses on a single, straightforward, proven solution to accelerating brain growth, boosting social-emotional development, and increasing kindergarten readiness.

That solution: Giving early childhood educators the tools they need to improve language environments equitably and to truly connect with each and every child in their care.

“We have children who are being isolated, who aren’t being talked to. We wouldn’t think of not feeding children, but we’re not feeding them language.”

— Dr. Libby Doggett, former Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education

How LENA Grow Works

LENA Grow Cycle

In just five weeks of LENA Grow (or two stackable five-week sequences), educators renew the energy, dedication, and pride with which they approach the profession, appreciating more than ever just how critical a role they play in children’s lives.

The coaching and feedback loop leads to an increase in interaction and a heightened sense of connectedness with the children. In turn, the children gain all the short- and long-term benefits associated with increased conversational turns. That’s according to a rapidly growing body of peer-reviewed research and independent evaluations.

Explore a coaching session in action

The educator’s perspective

LENA Grow motivates early childhood educators to become active participants in their own professional development — both for their own future and that of the children in their care. Our survey results indicate that the program helps teachers increase self-efficacy and job satisfaction.

“I believed that I was being vocal with the children daily, but the data gave a spotlight on how to scaffold conversations into taking more back-and-forth turns and being more child-initiated. I was excited to see how setting and meeting weekly goals can have an immediate impact on my learning environment. It was an eye-opening experience.”

— Brigitte Willis, Director of A Better Day Christian Learning Center in Grovetown, Ga.

Download the LENA Grow Impact Report


Every single LENA program contributes not just to improved outcomes for individual children and educators, but also to sophisticated research. The data that come from LENA’s programs provide the most robust pictures of early language environments that exist anywhere. Each program’s dataset translates into new research findings, which in turn translates into an even more effective, evolving program model.

LENA Program Impact Report

Download Report

We work with a wide array of trusted partners


LENA Grow is highly flexible. The program works effectively in both home- and center-based care settings to boost positive interactions between children and caregivers. Explore our collection of partner case studies and webinars to learn more about how organizations are making scalable improvements in child care quality with LENA Grow:


Join the movement to put early talk front and center

LENA Grow started with just one program partner in 2016. As of 2022, the program has served over 16,000 children and 4,500 educators across 29 states and three countries.

Learn more about how we can work together to support the children and early childhood educators in your community:


Ready to learn more about bringing LENA Grow to your community?

Get started by taking a LENA Program Readiness Assessment. It takes about 10 minutes to complete and is an important first step to bringing LENA Grow to your community.

Complete a Readiness Assessment