March 24, 2023
By Dallas Payeton
New language development program available for Tennessee early child care educators
The Tennessee Child Care Resource and Referral Network recently incorporated the LENA Grow interactive language development program into their training for infant, toddler and preschooler educators.
March 15, 2023
By Bloomberg Cities Network
This early-education approach has cities everywhere talking
A profile of Birmingham Talks, one of the Providence Talks replication cities.
March 14, 2023
By K.C. Compton
In Babies’ Brains, White Matter Is Crucial—and Conversational Turns Make It Grow
A study published in the Journal of Neuroscience uses MRI and LENA technology to show that conversational turns as early as six months of age uniquely predict brain development at two years of age.
December 15, 2022
By The Economist
The pandemic’s indirect effects on small children could last a lifetime
An international and all-encompassing look at the COVID-19 pandemic's effects on young children, including the perspective of Dr. Jill Gilkerson, LENA's Chief Research and Evaluation Officer.
October 25, 2022
By Ryan Michaels
Birmingham Invests $1 Million in Early Childhood Education. What It Means
The City of Birmingham has made its largest investment ever in early childhood education, with a $1 million investment in Birmingham Talks, an initiative that provides curriculum, innovative technology, and personalized coaching to help build language skills in preschool-aged children.
October 6, 2022
By Lina Eroh
Overdeck Family Foundation awards LENA $4,605,000 in general operating support
A three-year grant of $4,605,000 in general operating support to LENA to further their work at using coaching to improve the key outcome of early language development.
September 12, 2022
By Kiahnna Patterson
‘It is life-changing!’: Virginia Beach TALKS offers free early learning class for parents
Parents and coordinators reflect on the success of Virginia Beach's LENA Start program as it celebrates its third year.
June 14, 2022
By Myra Anubi
Podcast: Racing to get kids reading
People Fixing the World: How a race to write books and a gadget that counts words are helping child literacy.
June 17, 2022
By Emily Davies
Quality child care foundational for children’s futures
An investigative television reporter in North Central Wisconsin explores the importance of conversational turns in child care settings.
May 15, 2022
By Natasha Anderson
Pandemic has made babies and toddlers miss talking and reading milestones
Multiple studies show that infants are talking less because parents haven't been able to engage them in language developing conversations due to COVID.
May 10, 2022
By Natalie Wexler
Covid-Era Babies Are ‘Talking’ Less, Signaling Future Reading Challenges
We know the pandemic has had a serious negative impact on the academic achievement of school-age children. But recent evidence shows we also need to worry about Covid-era babies and toddlers.
April 25, 2022
By Sara Novak
Do COVID Babies Talk Less
A decline in socializing during COVID could mean less verbalizing for babies born during the pandemic.
April 18, 2022
By Jo Napolitano
New Research: Babies Born During COVID Talk Less with Caregivers, Slower to Develop Critical Language Skills
Infants born during the pandemic produced significantly fewer vocalizations and had less verbal back-and-forth with their caretakers compared to those born before COVID.
April 8, 2022
By Sarah D. Sparks
Pandemic Kids Need Early Language Support. Here’s How Teachers Can Help
To avoid widespread school readiness gaps, experts say teachers and parents need to give children born since the pandemic an immediate language infusion.
April 7, 2022
By Sarah D. Sparks
Babies Are Saying Less Since the Pandemic: Why That’s Concerning
Amid the stress and disruption of the pandemic, parents and caregivers have had less time and energy to engage their babies and toddlers in conversation—and the lack of talk already shows in their language skills.
December 16, 2021
By Economist Films
Can science help poor kids earn more?
In a provocative video, Economist Films explores the role conversational turns may play in what they call "breaking the class ceiling."
November 8, 2021
By Rodaris Richardson
Parents in Delaware Can Improve Their Child’s Literacy Through This Device
"It's a great tool that parents can use that helps them be able to have better conversations for a lack of better terms with their children," said Monica Mandujano, the Spanish coordinator for Lena Start in Delaware.
August 31, 2021
By Leah Waters
Mesquite ISD offering free classes for parents of young kids to help promote verbal development
Outside Dallas, Texas, Mesquite Independent School District is gearing up for LENA Start through its Read, Play, Talk initiative.
August 10, 2021
By Walter Isaacson
Parenting: It takes a village
In this podcast episode, host Walter Isaacson and guests discuss parenting, how it's evolved from a group activity to something more singular, and how experts and technology are filling in the gaps for new parents.
July 29, 2021
By Carly Roberts
Supporting Kindergarten Readiness and Early School Success in a Pandemic Year
While we're still learning about the pandemic's effects on children, it's clear that some learning setbacks have occurred. Overdeck Family Foundation writes about how parents and teachers, with help from organizations like LENA, have stepped up.
May 18, 2021
By Coastal Point Staff
Families find success in LENA Start program
Read Aloud Delaware's LENA Start program, launched in September 2020, has made an impact for families in a short span of time.
May 17, 2021
By Michelle Ray
Providing building blocks for lifelong learning and strong communities
In Colorado, LENA Start is one of the many programs Pikes Peak Library District offers so that it “can be a reliable anchor for those with young children in their lives.”
April 27, 2021
By News Desk
Bay County Libraries Begin Early Childhood Language Development Program
In Michigan, the Bay County Library System is launching its first LENA Start program.
March 8, 2021
By Bria Chatman
Language program for parents and babies offered by Birmingham Talks
After launching its first LENA Start program in the fall of 2020, Birmingham Talks is recruiting families for its next program cycle.