New neuroscience research shows us that the first five years of a child’s life are the most critical period for brain development, when the foundation of all language and literacy skills are built. Recognizing this, school districts around the country are increasingly investing in the early years to give children an equitable start long before kindergarten. We’re excited to explore this topic in a webinar with Jim Duggan, supplemental interim superintendent at Bourbonnais School District 53 in Illinois.
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School districts around the country are increasingly investing in the early years to give children an equitable start long before kindergarten.
Five cities have been selected to replicate Providence Talks — one of the first early language initiatives implemented at the municipal level — with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies.
To help prepare children to succeed in kindergarten, one school district in northern Alabama launched an early language intervention to boost cognitive development in children ages 0-3.
To increase family support for child language development, community partners in southwestern Tennessee looked to LENA Start.
10-year longitudinal study published in Pediatrics correlates interactive talk in early childhood with later cognitive outcomes.
The first research showing a relationship between conversational turns and brain structure has ben published in JNeurosci. The paper investigates how back and forth interaction between children and their adult caregivers relate to white matter connectivity in the brain.
Laura Camp, one of LENA’s most recent hires, joined the team after 25 years in public education. Read about why she left to join the movement to close the talk gap.
New research by a team at Harvard and MIT used LENA technology and brain imaging to measure the relationship between children’s language experience and their brain activity. The study found that conversational turns predicted variance in verbal scores, while the sheer number of adult words did not.
Dr. Dana Suskind shares about the origins of her book, how she uses LENA technology, and why we all need to “spread the words.”