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Small Talk – Virtual Class in Polk County for Parents/Caregivers of Children Ages 0-30 months

August 4, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until September 8, 2021

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Small Talk is a ten-week virtual program designed to help parents/caregivers learn how to create an enriching language environment for children in their earliest, most critical months of life.  Parents and caregivers will learn strategies to increase the amount of adult talk, back-and-forth interaction, and time spent reading to children. The goal of the program is to provide families with basic yet critical information about language and brain development along with effective, engaging ways they can naturally embed language learning into everyday activities by talking, singing, and reading. Through helping parents talk and read more with their children, and connecting them to language and literacy resources in our community, the program empowers families to set their children up for academic success and be on track for 3rd grade reading proficiency. Families will receive a book each week to build their family library!

Parents use a LENA Start™ high-tech “talk pedometer” to record interactions between themselves and their babies one day each week. The recordings are processed through computer software, and an hour by hour report is produced, which documents the number of words directed to the child by an adult, the number of back-and-forth interactions between the adult and child, and the amount of electronic sound, such as TV, in the background. The information contained in the report helps parents identify opportunities to apply their new skills, in hopes of seeing measurable improvements the following week.  *Note: The LENA System only tracks words, conversations and other data, not the actual meaning of words. No one can listen to what was said. Recordings are deleted after processing.

Click HERE to register or contact Michelle Schott at 515-664-8272 or

Monday, June 21, 2021 from 7:30-8:00pm via Zoom
**Registration is required for orientation.
 Space is limited.

Virtual Classes
Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30pm via Zoom (July 7—September 8, 2021)


August 4, 2021
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm


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