Webinars (3)

Sustainable, scalable initiatives in early childhood: What’s next for funding and quality improvement?

Recorded: Jan 30, 2024

It’s no easy task for early childhood leaders to strategically disburse funds from PDG B-5, CCDBG, CLSD, and ARPA grants into the hands of LEAs and CCR&Rs. In fact, the alphabet soup of early childhood education funding streams can be a bit hard to digest, so to speak. In this webinar, state leaders will tell the stories of how and why they invested in initiatives for statewide implementation, as well as their visions for further expansion and impact.

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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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Calgary Public Library Early Learning Centre

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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Blog Posts (24)

LENA Grow goes statewide in Tennessee


“The TN CCR&R sees the LENA Grow program as an important piece of the puzzle in proper language and socio-emotional development for children in Tennessee,” said Heather Hicks, Director of the TN CCR&R.

Articles (34)

Positive Parenting: Conversations

Michelle DunawayOct 3, 2019

Scientists are researching how kids’ brains respond to words and what families can do to help language development.

A smarter way to start

Jeanna Baxter WhiteSep 19, 2019

Smart Start of Davie County offers residents and early childhood educators free programs, including LENA Home, as it seeks to ensure quality childcare, education, health, and family support programs for all Davie children birth to 5

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.