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LENA in Mississippi

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 2019, LENA has served 860 children and 220 early childhood educators in Mississippi, and LENA technology has recorded over 1.3 million conversational turns. Put your community on the map!



1.3 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!

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 Amy Marciniak,
Senior Regional Partnerships Director, Mississippi

Blog Posts

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


QRIS and interaction: Do quality rating systems reflect individual experience?

Approximately one in four children experiences very little adult-child interaction, even within classrooms at centers that have achieved the highest QRIS rating possible.

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Implementing statewide PD for ECE teachers in Mississippi: Questions from the webinar

We had the privilege of hosting a webinar featuring our partners in Mississippi to learn how they implemented LENA Grow at a statewide level. Here, we answer common questions that arose during the webinar.

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A teacher, a coach, and an administrator on LENA Grow's impact: Webinar highlights

Highlights from a webinar where we hear directly from a teacher, coach, and administrator using LENA Grow.

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On-Demand Webinars

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Integrating innovative professional development for EHS/HS classrooms into statewide systems

Mississippi is piloting a systems-level approach to supporting Early Head Start/Head Start providers in order to meet their school readiness goals. Learn how they’re rolling out job-embedded professional development designed to increase the quality of caregiver-child engagement.

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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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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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