3-6-9 Series Talk 6: Talk to Me, Talking to One Another: Early Literacy Benefits of LENA Start, Early Talk & the 3-6-9 Series
Almost three years ago, Calgary Reads became the first organization in Canada to host the LENA Start program. LENA combines wearable technology and parent classes to measure and promote parent-infant interaction and readiness for school. Over the years, dozens of families have benefited from these simple insights about how early talk with babies can help develop speech and language skills, and improve children's futures. What have we learned about the impact of this unique program? Why is this work especially important right now? Hear from Calgary Reads CEO Steacy Pinney and Director of Family Engagement Janelle Wydeven.
We'll also discuss how LENA Start and other initiatives have a role in the collaborative new 3-6-9 Series and Lever, which--along with Vibrant Communities Calgary and other partners--aims to reduce poverty and support children furthest from opportunity in Calgary.
Why 3-6-9? The vocabulary of a child at age three is a strong indicator of how they'll learn to read and be school-ready at age six; and their ability to read at age six is a strong indicator of how they'll make the critical shift of learning to read to reading to learn at age nine.
This is Talk 6 in our 3-6-9 series as we discuss some of the ways Calgary children are getting left behind this year, what that could mean for all of us in years to come, and what we can do to help.