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Boost kindergarten readiness through early childhood teachers

Use professional development to increase interactive classroom talk

LENA Grow is a professional development program for early childhood teachers that uses regular feedback from LENA technology to help teachers increase back and forth interactions with the children in their classrooms. Teachers meet with a coach weekly to review the interactive talk data for their classrooms, and use the specific insights to set goals to talk more during specific times of day, special activities, or with certain children.

LENA Grow supports large-scale outreach to teachers of children ages 0-3 through four integrated elements:

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Coaching sessions

The curriculum leverages a strengths-based approach to develop skills that increase interaction and enhance both child and teacher development. Teachers receive feedback and guidance on effective
practices. Explore an interactive sample.

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14 Talking Tips

The 14 Talking Tips are simple, research-based tips to increase adult-child connections.They integrate easily into existing routines without adding another “thing to do” to an already busy day. Download a copy.

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LENA Technology

On LENA Days, children in
a classroom wear LENA
devices
that capture the
language and interactions
they experienced, which are
turned into reports. These
report is then discussed
with teachers during coaching sessions.

The LENA Online™ portal

Simplifies program administration and provides access to coaching resources including videos, handouts, and parent materials.

Training, analysis, and
support

LENA staff provide training, technical assistance, programmatic planning, consulting on data analysis, and ongoing support to help ensure successful implementations every step of the way.

English/Spanish book icon

Coaching sessions

The curriculum leverages a strengths-based approach to develop skills that increase interaction and enhance both child and teacher development. Teachers receive feedback and guidance on effective practices.Explore an interactive sample.

14 Talking Tips icon

14 Talking Tips

The 14 Talking Tips are simple, research-based tips to increase adult-child connections.They integrate easily into existing routines without adding another “thing to do” to an already busy day. Download a copy.

English/Spanish book icon

LENA Technology

On LENA Days, children in a classroom wear LENA devices that capture the language and interactions they experienced, which are turned into reports. These report is then discussed with teachers during coaching sessions.

The LENA Online™ portal

Simplifies program administration and provides access to coaching resources including videos, handouts, and parent materials.

Training, analysis, and support

LENA staff provide training, technical assistance, programmatic planning, consulting on data analysis, and ongoing support to help ensure successful implementations every step of the way.

When you invest in early childhood, you invest in the future.

In the United States, nearly 11 million children under 5 are cared for by providers outside the home each week. When that care is provided in a learning-rich environment, it establishes a secure foundation that paves the way for success in school. Investing in resources to improve early education for disadvantaged families pays significant dividends. According to professor James Heckman, Nobel Laureate in Economics, every dollar invested in high-quality child care programs generates a benefit of $6.30.

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.

Linda Swedhin, Director of Aspen Center for Child Development

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.

During the program, one LENA Day is followed by a coaching session each week, for a typical program length of about three months.

Impacts and outcomes


children served
(and counting!)

growth in conversational turns for children starting with below-average levels of interaction

LENA Grow has rapidly expanded to be used in 113 centers across 14 states

Who’s Using LENA


The program is implemented in partnership with trusted community organizations including Early Head Start programs, early learning coalitions, state-level early childhood departments, and Teaching Strategies pilot programs


Ready to add LENA Grow to your professional development initiative?

Get started by watching a brief, informative webinar or schedule a call with our team, who are ready to discuss your organization’s specific needs and how LENA can add a measurable impact to your professional development initiative.

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