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LENA in California

Making every interaction count and transforming children's futures

LENA (Language ENvironment Analysis) is a national nonprofit on a mission to transform children's futures through early talk technology and data-driven programs. LENA works with a wide range of partner organizations to boost early brain development and improve school readiness for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.

Since 2015, LENA has served 2,800 children and 180 early childhood educators in California, and LENA technology has recorded over 5 million conversational turns. Put your community on the map!



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LENA Grow offers evidence-based professional development for infant, toddler, and preschool teachers.
LENA Start builds school readiness and strengthens families with parent-group classes.
LENA SP offers reliable, detailed language environment data in research and clinical applications.

Did you know?

LENA has crosswalks with Head Start, CLASS, The Pyramid Model, ZERO TO THREE, and more!

Explore our national crosswalks and partnerships!


Plus, click here to download "LENA Grow Supports California QIS." LENA Grow supports Quality Counts California’s Core Components of Child Development & School Readiness, Teachers and Teaching, and Program and Environment. 


And click here to download "LENA Grow Crosswalk with Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP)." LENA Grow’s detailed child-level data helps teachers individualize instruction and increase conversational turns with each unique child in pursuit of DRDP measures. 

 Staff Member
“By expanding LENA Start through our Talk Read Sing program to local community organizations that provide services to high need communities, we are able to strengthen our reach for providing families with early literacy engagement for their babies.”
Anne-Marie Despain
Library Director, San Mateo County Libraries

Interested in bringing LENA to your community?

Whether you're with a library, school district, CCR&R, state agency, university-community partnership, public health initiative, or any other organization dedicated to improving early childhood outcomes, we invite you to learn more about bringing LENA to your community.

 Staff Member

Connect with Pamela Salgado,
Regional Partnerships Director, California