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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 school readiness for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.

Since 2016, LENA has served 7500 children and 1800 early childhood educators in Florida, and LENA technology has recorded over 8 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.




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

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 Joanna Airall,
Partner Development Specialist, Florida
JoannaAirall@LENA.org


Blog Posts

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


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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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Fostering family engagement and early literacy at Pasco County Schools: Webinar highlights

One of the largest school districts in the U.S. brought LENA Grow to its Early Head Start and Head Start classrooms. Watch these webinar highlights to hear their story.

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Learning to read (and write) starts earlier than you think!

Dr. Lucy Hart Paulson, co-author of LETRS for Early Childhood Educators, on how learning to talk and learning to read and write happen in parallel. Learning to read starts earlier than you think, and conversational turns are an important piece of the puzzle!

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On-Demand Webinars


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Setbacks and Solutions: Helping early educators navigate language and social-emotional delays 

It’s more important than ever to equip early childhood educators to address children’s unique needs and help get their language and social-emotional development on track. There’s strong new evidence to suggest that LENA Grow, a language-focused professional development program for early educators, is effective at doing just that.

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What role may a child’s earliest interactions play in laying the foundation for learning to read? In this webinar, we take an expert deep dive into how conversational turns from ages birth to five fit into the ongoing discussions around the “science of reading.”

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

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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