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What’s happening in Cherokee County?

Through the Talk to Me partnership, 50 families have received home-based training and materials to promote the language and literacy development of their young children (ages birth through 5) through the LENA Home program.

In the coming months, our partnership will expand these services to more families and begin providing training in a small group format as well using the LENA Start model. Within the next 2 years, Talk to Me Cherokee will serve 225 families in our community!

These services provide each family with training, children’s books, and the use of a LENA device to measure their progress.

Partners with Dr. Dana Suskind, creator of the Thirty Million Word Initiative (pictured l to r Marcus Tate (PCA), Brian Lawson (CCFS), Dr. Arthur Brewton (PCA), Dorothy Priester (CCFS), Dr. Dana Suskind (Thirty Million Words Initiative, Laura Camp (CCSD), Robin Reed (KNOW2))

The Talk to Me initiative recognizes the power of parent talk. Science has shown us that children exposed to more language in the home experience more brain growth, which is important because 85% of a child’s brain is developed by the age of 4! This is important to our community because children who start ahead stay ahead!

<em>Partners depicted from left to right - Timena Sarratt (Coordinator), Ben Loftis (CCPL), Daryl Smith (SCC), Keller Anne Ruble (ICS), Laura Camp (CCSD), Dorothy Priester (CCFS), Dr. Arthur Brewton (Headstart), Robin Reed (KNOW2), Dr. Ron Cope (CCFS), Dr. Paula Schubert (Limestone College)</em>

Partners depicted from left to right – Timena Sarratt (Coordinator), Ben Loftis (CCPL), Daryl Smith (SCC), Keller Anne Ruble (ICS), Laura Camp (CCSD), Dorothy Priester (CCFS), Dr. Arthur Brewton (Headstart), Robin Reed (KNOW2), Dr. Ron Cope (CCFS), Dr. Paula Schubert (Limestone College)