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LENA in Iowa

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.

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!

Dr. Constance Beecher, a LENA partner and Associate Professor of Family Literacy at Iowa State University, appeared on Iowa Public Radio's "Talk of Iowa" program in September of 2022 to discuss early language development, social-emotional development, COVID, and LENA. Take a listen!

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"We understand really well what leads to positive language development, and it really is back-and-forth conversations between caring adults and young children. … We’ve seen with our LENA studies documented differences in social development due to increased amounts of rich language conversations."
Constance Beecher
Associate Professor of Family Literacy, Iowa State University

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.

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Connect with Jodi Whiteman,
Director, Partnerships & Growth, Iowa