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LENA in Illinois

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 2017, LENA has served 1,800 children and 240 early childhood educators in Illinois, and LENA technology has recorded over 2.6 million conversational turns. Put your community on the map!



2.6 million

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!

 Staff Member
"LENA provides a data-driven model to monitor and drive readiness for our families. Districts without a tool for measuring early talk are basically crossing their fingers and hoping that their children come to school ready. Wouldn’t it make more sense to use data collection at 15 to 21 months, when children typically make a huge leap in development? LENA helps connect brain research with the data-driven decision processes that school districts aspire to."
Jim Duggan
Director of Instruction, Bourbonnais Elementary School District 53

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 Luis Bernal,
Regional Partnerships Director, Illinois