| A new program to ensure the minds of young children get enough stimulation to succeed in the classroom is in the works in Huntsville City Schools.
It specifically aims to close the 30-million word gap for children, often in low-income settings, when they start school compared to other children.
The school district became the first school system nationally to contract with the LENA Research Foundation to develop a community program aimed at equipping families with training to increase the amount of stimulating communication with pre-school children. It targets children from infancy to 3 years old, when studies show a child's brain has its greatest amount of development.
LENA's website says it is based on the research of Dr. Betty Hart and Dr. Todd Risley, who in their 1995 book, Meaningful Differences, identified the amount of talk in the first 24-36 months of life as the single most important determinant of language ability, IQ and school success. >> READ MORE