Families with young children are facing exceptional challenges during the pandemic and need support now more than ever. At the same time, organizations are facing uncertainty in budgets and staffing, while also rapidly innovating and pivoting to virtual support. During this discussion, we’ll hear from an organization that has recently launched a new LENA Start program and another that has shifted their existing program from in-person to virtual. We’ll discuss why they took on a new program now, what was most challenging, and strategies for effective family engagement in a virtual context.
Join us for a brief overview of how libraries can incorporate LENA programs into their offerings for patrons. We’ll explore how other libraries are using LENA programs and share about benefits and positive results they’ve experienced.
Join us to learn more about the effectiveness and ease of implementation of LENA Start, a parent group model designed to support increased early language development and interaction.
Learn how two different Early Head Start programs integrated LENA into their supports for families in this webinar. Through LENA Home, which embraces a trauma-informed approach, home visitors are able to use data to individualize their coaching and meet families where they are.
This webinar leveraged expert perspectives from medical practitioners in the field to explore how helping families to increase communication can help build family resiliency and protective factors.
In 2015, we launched LENA Start, a program for families that provides regular feedback from LENA technology to help increase adult-child interactive talk. Along the way, dedicated local partners have helped us to refine the curriculum, improve implementation, and evaluate success. In this webinar, Partner Success Manager Laura Camp will discuss lessons learned with panelists from two early partner organizations, Iowa State University and Huntsville City Schools.
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Porter-Leath uses LENA programs to boost early literacy and connect teachers and families.
A new study on LENA Start from the University of Minnesota discovered that the program can be successfully implemented in community-based settings and that families enjoy participating.
At Best Memories Academy in Orlando, parents and teachers are partnering together virtually to create rich early childhood language environments for children.
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.
In New York City, LENA Start classes empowered Spanish- and Arabic-speaking families to value their native languages and maintain them across generations.
In New Zealand, LENA is a tool to empower whānau (families) to connect to culture and each other.
Pedro Mendez, birth to three program administrator at Denver Public Library, explains how his team prioritizes and responds to the needs of families in a culturally appropriate way.
For Pamela Robinson, a family child care provider in Georgia, using LENA Grow was an opportunity to show parents all the brain-building interaction that happens during the day in her home as she watches children.
We’re excited to share that we’ve released a new version of our group program for parents and families.
Your questions on school readiness answered by the assistant superintendent of Bourbonnais 53 school district in Illinois.
Amidst mounting pressures, we believe the core truths of LENA still apply: early talk is key, and caregivers are the secret sauce.
Family engagement specialist Kai-ama Hamer shares strategies for involving parents in community and school-based programs.
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.
We’ve interviewed LENA Grow participants nationwide for an inside look at what it’s like to complete the professional development program for early childhood teachers.
Taking LENA Start classes helped the Ochoa family learn to connect with their children in new ways.
Calgary Reads, a nonprofit in Alberta, Canada, uses LENA Start as a core component of their citywide strategy to boost early literacy in Calgary.
In a state where 77 percent of employers report having trouble finding employees, North Central Health Care is looking for an answer in an unexpected place: early childhood.
Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech, a listening and spoken language program for children who are deaf or hard of hearing, has recently incorporated LENA technology as a “standard of care” for all children enrolled in their early intervention program.
Learn more about how LENA’s programs support key aspects of Head Start’s updated Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (PFCE) Framework.
We’ve pulled together 10 strategies for connecting with families in your local community.
Working with families and communities is at the heart of what we do at LENA. This post provides an overview of well-established definitions of family engagement that inform our programs.
A young couple from Texas share how LENA Start classes helped them gain confidence in their parenting skills after the birth of the first daughter.
Staff from the Atlanta Speech School share how they use LENA feedback in coaching sessions with families to help increase their awareness and understanding of the audio environment in their home.
A Recruitment Specialist shares her strategies for recruiting parents and families to participate in early childhood intervention programs.
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