LENA Start

Have you ever wondered how much you talk to your baby/toddler?  

Would you like to learn ways to increase talking practice and get your child ready for school?  

LENA Start is an 8-week program that helps parents with children 0 - 32 months increase back-and-forth talk. Weekly sessions combine videos and group discussion to build knowledge and skills that you can put into practice with your child. 

How does LENA Start work?

LENA device in vestIn addition to the weekly sessions, each week your child wears a "talk pedometer" to track the number of adult words, conversational turns (back-and-forth talk), and minutes of electronics they are exposed to. Participants receive a detailed report after each recording to help track their progress. The goal is to increase conversational turns by the end of the 8 weeks.  

*Please note: Your child does not have to attend sessions with you to participate in the program. 

At the end of the program, qualifying families receive 10 free books, a $20 gift card, and a chance to win $100! 

For more information contact: Evan Childress, echildress@ppld.org or (719) 531-6333, x6069. 
Keep scrolling for information about the current sessions being offered! 


LENA Start is open to residents of El Paso and Teller counties only and registration is required. 

One child per family may participate. If you have previously completed the LENA Start program, you are not eligible to participate again. 

PPLD is offering virtual and in-person sessions in Spring 2023! Register below. 

Virtual Sessions  

Virtual Afternoons:

April 4 – May 23: Tuesdays, noon – 1 p.m. (Register for the 8-week series here. Orientation registration below.) 

Virtual Evenings:

 April 5 – May 24: Wednesdays, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. (Register for the 8-week series here. Orientation registration below.) 


You must attend ONE of the in-person orientation sessions to participate in the program. Orientation allows you to learn more about the program, ask questions, and receive your program materials. Your child does not have to attend orientation with you. 

Orientation is separate from the virtual sessions. Please register for the one orientation session you will attend below: 

In-Person Session Dates

We are offering one in-person LENA Start series. All sessions are in-person and will take place at Academy Christian Church (2002 West Pikes Peak Avenue). Childcare and a meal are provided at each session. Your child does not have to attend the sessions with you. 

Pikes Peak Children's Museum