The Durango Herald | Erika Alvero
“Those first eight, nine years are crucial. And by giving kiddos those early literacy skills, that’s going to make a difference.”
Emerging from a program called “Talk-Learn-Grow,” families in Southern Colorado are utilizing conversation tracking technology to measure word use and language development for young children. The LENA technology encourages parents and caregivers to speak responsively with toddlers and tracks the number of words and conversation turns a child hears or says, with the goal of using the data to strengthen language development and future literacy.