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LENA in Virginia

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 1,900 children and 370 early childhood educators in Virginia, and LENA technology has recorded over 3.2 million conversational turns. Put your community on the map!



3.2 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.

LENA Grow counts toward the required annual professional development hours for Virginia child care licensing.
LENA also has crosswalks with Head Start, CLASS, The Pyramid Model, ZERO TO THREE, and more!

 Staff Member
“Investing in our youngest citizens at birth and continuing to do so throughout their school years makes smart economic sense. It is an investment in our future workforce, and the early childhood years form a critical foundation for a child’s future learning and life success.”
Barb Lito
Virginia Beach GrowSmart Coodinator

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, Virginia