LENA in Florida

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 kindergarten readiness for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.

Since 2016, LENA has served 4800 children and 1000 early childhood educators in Florida, and LENA technology has recorded over 5.2 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 Home adds an early language focus to any home visiting program.
LENA SP offers reliable, detailed language environment data in research and clinical applications.

LENA Grow aligns to and strengthens eight of the 10 FSU Components of Quality Care for Infants and Toddlers.

Did you know?

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

Explore our national crosswalks and partnerships!


Watch a video about a teacher at the Coalition for the Homeless in Orlando, Fla., who participated in LENA Grow.

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"I’ve been coaching a long time. To have a different direction, to have it be so data-driven, has been just a different approach for me. It’s been really exciting."
Kathy Cestaro
Coach with the Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County

Interested in bringing LENA to your community?

LENA is scaling quickly and has a goal to impact over 100,000 children annually worldwide by 2025. Whether you're with a library, school district, CCR&R, state agency, university-community partnership, public health initiative, or any other organization interested in improving early childhood outcomes, we invite you to learn more about bringing LENA to your community.

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Connect with Joanna Airall,
Partner Development Specialist

Blog Posts

Read these and other stories about partner success stories and research findings in Florida and beyond.


LENA Grow: Coaching for impact in Sarasota County

ELC of Sarasota County saw some amazing results in their very first LENA Grow classrooms. They want those results to have a positive impact on the whole community.

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Announcing new enhancements to LENA Grow: Easy, inclusive, equitable

LENA Grow is designed to make every interaction count in early childhood education. The new enhancements make it easy, inclusive, and equitable.

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New report from Escambia County on LENA Grow Shows CLASS® Gains

Data from the first year of partnership with the Early Learning Coalition of Escambia County shows that classrooms using LENA Grow showed gains on CLASS® assessment scores.

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On-Demand Webinars


Evaluating LENA Grow's impact on early childhood education classrooms

While we’ve long known about the importance of early adult-child interactions, a research focus on children’s language experiences in child care classrooms has been long overdue.

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The link between language and socioemotional development

Many previous studies have drawn connections between the quantity of back-and-forth interactions in early childhood and later linguistic and cognitive skills. Importantly, newly published research conducted in Chile has taken a novel direction, determining that infants’ language environments predict their socioemotional skills one year later.

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Every interaction counts: Bringing back a thriving culture through early talk

Two county-level agencies in Florida have found ways to provide incredible support to these educators — whether they have zero or 25+ years of experience. Using LENA Grow and the power of early talk they are building a culture of practice that centers interactions as key to learning and growth.

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