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LENA in Indiana

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 2018, LENA has served 900 children and 130 early childhood educators in Indiana, and LENA technology has recorded over 750,000 conversational turns. Put your community on the map!




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.

Funding Opportunity in the Hoosier State!

The Early Years Initiative, a competitive grant opportunity made possible with generous support from Lilly Endowment Inc., is helping Indiana's early childhood advocates make unprecedented strides in improving children's lives and bolstering their future success. Early Learning Indiana has recognized LENA Grow and LENA Start as model programs for prospective Early Years Initiative grantees to consider. EYI_FullCollor-1024x649

LENA satisfies all four foundational goals of the Early Years Initiative:

  • Child Care Access and Affordability.
  • Early Detection and Intervention.
  • Early Language and Literacy.
  • Parenting Preparation and Support.

In addition, the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) has incorporated an evaluation of LENA Grow into its comprehensive analysis of child care programs and child development in Indiana. 

Great things are happening in the Hoosier State, and we’d love to be part of them with you!    




📂 Click here to download "LENA Grow Crosswalk with Indiana Early Learning Standards."

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

Explore our national crosswalks and partnerships!

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

Blog Posts

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


Tips for organizing early education classrooms to increase conversational turns

Your room’s arrangement, materials, and how you present them all affect learning, for both the children and you. How can you create a space that lets you focus on strong relationships with the children you care for?


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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The power of conversational turns in early childhood education: Head Start is doing it right!

There’s a lot that goes into creating high-quality early childhood education. One simple yet powerful ingredient is a focus on fostering teacher-child interactions and creating robust language environments. Head Start and Early Head Start One show tremendous promise in that regard.

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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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What are the most effective, accessible, achievable ways to nurture infant and early childhood mental health/social and emotional well-being in young children? As anyone who has ever cared for a young child or talked to a stressed-out early educator or struggling parent well knows, this is a question that deserves all the attention it can get.

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