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What’s happening in Cherokee County?

Through the Talk to Me partnership, 120 families have received training and materials to promote the language and literacy development of their young children (ages birth to 5) through the LENA Start and LENA Home programs.

LENA Start – Learn together how to improve your children’s early language!

For parents with children birth to age 3

  • Parents attend 13 one-hour small group sessions
  • Up to 15 families may participate in each group.
  • After each meeting, you will complete a LENA recording.
  • This program is free and includes a parent kit and books for your child to keep.
  • Free childcare is provided at each meeting.

LENA HV (Home Visitor) – Work with a teacher individually to learn how to improve your children’s early language!

For parents with children birth to four years old

  • A Home Visitor (teacher) will bring the lessons and activities to you 10 to 13 weekly sessions.
  • After each meeting, you will complete a LENA recording.
  • This program is free and your child receives free books at each visit.



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

 

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!