Webinars (15)

ReadPlayTalk: How one school district in Texas is prioritizing birth-to-five

Recorded: Dec 1, 2022

Mesquite Independent School District, serving around 40,000 students in the suburbs of Dallas, has developed a successful early literacy initiative powered by city-wide dedication to a unified vision: School readiness and early literacy are vital for long-term success, and they start at birth.

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Providence Talks Replication: Celebrating and Looking Ahead

Recorded: Oct 13, 2022

In 2019, five U.S. cities were selected to receive a three-year grant to replicate the widely celebrated Providence Talks early literacy program. As the grant period draws to a close, we’re sharing their stories of what worked. 

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Libraries as innovators in early childhood education

Recorded: Jun 21, 2022

Learn how two library systems have reconceptualized early learning in their communities and how they’ve incorporated LENA Start into their visions as early learning innovators.

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Recruiting families for community programs

Recorded: Aug 25, 2021

At the heart of every successful family recruitment strategy is effective relationship-building — with the families themselves, with the community organizations that may refer them, and with local media outlets. Join us to learn how a school district in Texas and a library system in Colorado have built buzz around their LENA programs and how they’ve translated that buzz into successful program implementations.

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Virtual Family Engagement: Ingredients for Success

Recorded: Jan 26, 2021

How have our partners adapted to the pandemic’s challenges? Learn about practical strategies that worked for them, and get your creative, problem-solving juices flowing as you design your family engagement strategy for 2021.

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LENA for Libraries

Recorded: Aug 28, 2020

Learn more about how libraries can incorporate LENA programs into their offerings for patrons. How have our current library partners achieved positive results?

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Field notes: LENA Start implementers on building community partnerships

Recorded: Jul 16, 2018

Forming partnerships is one of the most effective ways to supercharge your program’s reach and impact. In this webinar, hear from a panel of representatives from LENA Start sites on how they’ve identified and engaged key partners.

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Blog Posts (24)

Articles (53)

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Virginia Beach family featured in ‘The Right to Read’ social justice documentary

Kiahnna PattersonMay 31, 2023

“This is truly a crisis because two-thirds of our children in this country are reading below grade level,” said filmmaker and director Jenny Mackenzie. “We have to decide, do we have the political will to stand up and say ‘Enough?’ This is a huge issue and it is continuing to perpetuate systemic racism because we are leaving Black and Brown children behind?”

Birmingham Invests $1 Million in Early Childhood Education. What It Means

Ryan MichaelsOct 25, 2022

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.

Can science help poor kids earn more?

Economist FilmsDec 16, 2021

In a provocative video, Economist Films explores the role conversational turns may play in what they call "breaking the class ceiling."

Talk pedometers may boost your baby’s brain development

Katherine HafnerOct 14, 2019

A growing body of research about early childhood education and cognitive development suggests that chatting with children, particularly from birth to age 3, is crucial. That thinking is at the heart of the program that Virginia Beach is now expanding with a nearly $450,000 grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Talk pedometers may boost your baby’s brain development

Katherine HafnerOct 13, 2019

A growing body of research about early childhood education and cognitive development suggests that chatting with children, particularly from birth to age 3, is crucial. That thinking is at the heart of the program that Virginia Beach is now expanding with a nearly $450,000 grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Talk pedometers may boost your baby’s brain development

Associated PressOct 13, 2019

A growing body of research about early childhood education and cognitive development suggests that chatting with children, particularly from birth to age 3, is crucial. That thinking is at the heart of the program that Virginia Beach is now expanding with a nearly $450,000 grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Foundation Awards $765,125 in Grants

Haley DennyMay 14, 2019

The Mary Black Foundation awarded $56,700 to Spartanburg County Public Libraries to purchase LENA technology and implement LENA Start and LENA Home.

A Smart Start

B.C. KowalskiMay 31, 2018

Local parents are lauding a ground-breaking new tool for early childhood development. The deceptively simple goal: Help babies’ brains grow by talking with them more.