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Harris County Public Library in partnership with Rice University's Texas Policy Lab is offering a great brain-building opportunity for parents and caregivers with babies 18 to 30 months old.

Qualifying families will receive $100!

 

English language LENA Start sessions start September 17, 11:00 am at Aldine Branch Library.
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We all talk to our babies. It's natural. But what if you could make those everyday interactions even better? What if you could learn simple tips that would have huge benefits for your baby's early brain development, language skills, social and emotional development, and intelligence? You would jump on it, right? Well, here's your chance and it's completely free. 

It's called LENA Start

LENA Start is a FREE 10-week program that teaches parents and caregivers with babies from 18 to 30 months of age how to build their babies' brains through everyday actions and conversations. During our fall session, qualifying families will receive $100 from Rice University. English LENA sessions will start Saturday, September 17 at 11 a.m.

Register for LENA Start Now!

LENA Start combines in-person instruction and easy-to-use technology to nurture the kind of back-and-forth talk between caregiver and baby that builds babies' brains and prepares them for success in school and life. Learn more about LENA Start below.

LENA Start Facts

Serve-and-return interactions, or conversational turns, are one of the most predictive metrics of a baby's long-term well-being. Even a newborn baby benefits from early talk! Learn more from @LENAearlytalk at lena.org/conversational-turns.
Serve-and-return interactions, or conversational turns, are one of the most predictive metrics of a baby's long-term well-being. Even a newborn baby benefits from early talk! Learn more from @LENAearlytalk
Conversational turns, serve-and-return interactions, back-and-forth exchanges. Whatever you call them, they’re crucial. Learn how @LENAearlytalk is helping caregivers focus on early talk with its 'talk pedometer' technology. Visit lena.org/technology.
Conversational turns, serve-and-return interactions, back-and-forth exchanges. Whatever you call them, they’re crucial. Learn how @LENAearlytalk is helping caregivers focus on early talk with its 'talk pedometer' technology.
According to the Harvard Center on the Developing Child, early childhood is the most active period for brain growth. Early talk is a critical catalyst for that growth! Learn more from @LENAearlytalk at lena.org/conversational-turns-research.
According to the Harvard Center on the Developing Child, early childhood is the most active period for brain growth. Early talk is a critical catalyst for that growth! Learn more 
Improving early language development for toddlers and infants is one of the most impactful and cost-effective ways to improve their brain development. Stream a webinar from @LENAearlytalk to learn more: info.lena.org/conversational-turns-webinar.
Improving early language development for toddlers and infants is one of the most impactful and cost-effective ways to improve their brain development. Stream a webinar from @LENAearlytalk to learn more:

 

It's true! Researchers from @LENAearlytalk have found that the number of conversational turns children experience between 18 and 24 months of age correlate to their IQ 10 years later! Learn more at lena.org/longitudinal-study.
It's true! Researchers from @LENAearlytalk have found that the number of conversational turns children experience between 18 and 24 months of age correlate to their IQ 10 years later! Learn more

 

1 in 4 children comes to kindergarten without the skills they need to succeed. Research shows that focusing on talking to children more when they're babies increases their school readiness. Learn more from @LENAearlytalk at lena.org/huntsville-schools-longitudinal-evaluation.
1 in 4 children comes to kindergarten without the skills they need to succeed. Research shows that focusing on talking to children more when they're babies increases their school readiness. Learn more

 

The amount of conversation children experience during the first few years of life varies widely. This 'early talk gap' leads directly to the 'achievement gap' later in school. There's a simple solution: More early talk! Learn more from @LENAearlytalk at lena.org/achievement-gap.
The amount of conversation children experience during the first few years of life varies widely. This 'early talk gap' leads directly to the 'achievement gap' later in school. There's a simple solution: More early talk! Learn more

 

Having back-and-forth interactions with babies is so important for their brain development. But what's the right amount of talk that parents and caregivers should aim for? Researchers from @LENAearlytalk have found out. Download the report at info.lena.org/inside-early-talk.
Having back-and-forth interactions with babies is so important for their brain development. But what's the right amount of talk that parents and caregivers should aim for? Researchers from @LENAearlytalk have found out. Download the report

 

LENA (@LENAearlytalk) is a nonprofit that works with school districts, hospitals, Head Start sites, library systems, and universities around the world to accelerate language development in children birth to three. Learn more about their programs at lena.org/implement-LENA.
LENA (@LENAearlytalk) is a nonprofit that works with school districts, hospitals, Head Start sites, library systems, and universities around the world to accelerate language development in children birth to three. Learn more

 

 

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