In 2018, Phoenix Public Library added LENA Start to its early literacy program offerings. Join us to hear from Wendy Resnik, Children and Teen Services Coordinator at Phoenix Public Library, about their implementation journey. We’ll talk about funding sources, community partnerships, staff development, how they pivoted to virtual during COVID, and their plans to return to in-person programming.
Learn more about how libraries can incorporate LENA programs into their offerings for patrons. How have our current library partners achieved positive results?
New neuroscience research shows us that the first five years of a child’s life are the most critical period for brain development. What are school districts doing to give all children an equitable start?
Learn more about LENA Start, an evidence-based community program designed to engage families and help them learn how to increase conversation with their children during the first few years of life.
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In recognition of World Book Day and Children’s Book Week, here are some tips for turning read-aloud time into interactive conversation time.
Early brain development depends so much on having back-and-forth conversations, even for infants and toddlers. Here are six tips to help you talk more!
We analyzed data from 1,700 program participants and found that families report spending more time with children, talking more, and feeling more confident in their parenting abilities.
School districts around the country are increasingly investing in the early years to give children an equitable start long before kindergarten.
Children whose families participated in LENA Start are showing elevated language skills one year after the program, an analysis of longitudinal data shows.
To help families and home visitors collaborate to improve language outcomes for children, many Early Head Start programs are using LENA technology in tandem with coaching during home visits.
A new study exploring associations between family socioeconomic background, children’s brain structure, and children’s reading skills indicates that children who experience more conversational turns may have increased brain growth, and in turn, better reading skills.
Promising new data show that children whose families participated in LENA Start, a parent-group program focused on increasing early talk, demonstrated considerably higher early literacy scores and were far more likely to be at an advanced literacy level entering pre-K.
Calgary Reads, a nonprofit in Alberta, Canada, uses LENA Start as a core component of their citywide strategy to boost early literacy in Calgary.
Read about how LENA technology is facilitating new research breakthroughs.
Public libraries around the country are using LENA Start to build children’s early literacy skills, connect families with community, and increase library engagement.
LENA is teaming up with First Book, a nonprofit working exclusively with programs and schools serving children in need to ensure they have access to top-quality books. Through First Book’s LENA Marketplace, partners can browse a curated collection of bilingual and wordless books.
We all know we should read with kids. But why? See the latest research on how reading affects child development.