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Transform interactions in child care through experiential 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.

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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.

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The 14 Talking Tips

are simple, research-based tips to increase adult-child connections that integrate easily into existing routines. Download a copy.

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LENA technology

captures the language and interactions children experience throughout the day, and creates actionable feedback reports that can be discussed during coaching sessions. Learn more.

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.

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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.

14 Talking Tips icon

The 14 Talking Tips are simple, research-based tips to increase adult-child connections that integrate easily into existing routines. Download a copy.

English/Spanish book icon

LENA technology captures the language and interactions children experience throughout the day, and creates actionable feedback reports that can be discussed during coaching sessions. Learn more.

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.

Linda Swedhin, Director of Aspen Center for Child Development

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


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 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:


How do we support teachers in making strong connections between data and action?

Join Lauren Cooper, LENA Grow Customer Implementation and Success Coordinator, and Dr. Emisha Young, Master Teacher at Tulsa Educare, as they talk through the insights embedded in LENA metrics and strategies for using them to foster a strengths-based dialogue with teachers that builds enthusiasm for classroom talk. This recorded webinar is packed with examples of implementing the strategies in real classrooms using LENA Grow.

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Through the generous support of VOQAL, launch funds to offset the cost of LENA devices and vests are available to new, U.S.-based programs. Learn more and apply for LENA Grow launch funds here.

Have additional questions or interested in talking next steps? Book a time to talk with our partnerships team.