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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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Articles (19)

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.

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.

Providence Talks Graduation

Tom AckermanOct 14, 2014

An Al Jazeera piece highlights the Providence Talks program and shows families on graduation day.

City of Providence Launches “Providence Talks”

Feb 3, 2014

Providence, Rhode Island won Grand Prize in the 2012-2013 Bloomberg Philanthropies' “Mayors Challenge” competition with a proposal to use the LENA System for recording and reporting children's language environment as part of a pioneering initiative to improve language development in children ages 0-3. The “Providence Talks” program, which took first place in the competition against 20 finalists selected from 305 applicants, rolls out this spring with a pilot of 75 families, and is expected to grow to 2,000 families by 2015. The LENA donated its full participation in Providence Talks, including all equipment, software and staff time.