LENA COMBO at Arts in Play for GBG Websi

Wondering how to help your little one develop language and social-emotional skills but aren’t sure where to start - especially after the year we've had?

Are you interested in learning new, fun and developmentally appropriate ways to engage with your baby or toddler?

Join us Virtually to play, learn, and grow with your little one!

GrowBabyGrow and Mama to Mama are gearing up for another delightful session of FREE parent-focused groups with families just like yours!

We invite you to join us and learn playful, practical, and proven ways to engage with your little one and boost language development through everyday interactions!


Our next virtual parent series begins on September 14, 2021!
Learn more and register at a virtual orientation on August 31st or September 7th.

Please read on for more details and feel free to reach out with any questions! 

Contact Elena at elena@growbabydance.com
Or (859) 780-2236 (talk & text)


What is LENA Start at Arts in Play?

A FREE 10-week* parent group that incorporates elements of the Arts in Play GrowBabyGrow curriculum alongside the LENA talk pedometer program that strengthens the adult/child dyad through interactive talking.

*Plus an orientation session to practice!

Why is "Interactive Talk" important?

Simple back and forth conversations between you and your little one nurtures your growing relationships and are a strong influencer for building early language, improving your baby's early literacy and school readiness.

Who can participate?

Our LENA Arts in Play family playgroups are FREE and open to families* with children between 2-32** months of age.

**Toddlers are eligible to participate as long as they are no older than 32 months on the first day of the session.

*Self-reported eligibility requirements are listed below

Please reach out to Elena via email or text (859) 780-2263 if you're not sure about your eligibility. I am able to guide you through the registration process!​​

Families living or working in one of the priority zip codes listed below and have a combined family income of less than $45,000.00

(self-reported/ no tax forms required).

Eligible Zip Codes
40202, 40203, 40208, 40209, 40210, 40211, 40212,

40213, 40214, 40215, 40216, 40217, 40218, 40219, 40220, 40228,

40229, 40242, 40258, 40272, 40292, 40299

Families with a Medicaid health plan (like Passport) are eligible

Babies and toddlers with special developmental needs are eligible and encouraged to enroll

How does it work?


Each virtual or in-person session throughout the 10 weeks will include stories, songs, and activities that enhance relationships and language skills.

Between weekly groups, families will use the LENA System, a "talk pedometer", that tracks syllables during the back and forth conversations between you and your little one and helps you set goals and track language progress.

  • Meet other families with young children

  • Get 9 new books and 9 new toys

  • Earn up to $80 in grocery gift cards for participation

Enroll Now!


Fall Session

Tuesday Mornings
10:00 - 11:00 am

LENA Start at Arts in Play

Session Dates

August 31 or September 7 (Orientation)

September 14 - November 16 (10 weeks)


Zoom...from your living room!

Click below to pre-register and receive further registration instructions.

Winter Session
Time TBA

LENA Start at Arts in Play

Session Dates

January 4 (Orientation)

January 11 - March 15 (10 weeks)



Click below to pre-register and receive further registration instructions.

Weekly groups are joyfully and compassionately facilitated by Elena Diehl, Shawna Robinson, and Shannon Stone Porter and are a partnership between GrowBabyGrow, Mama to Mama, National Center For Families Learning, Family Health Centers, and Norton Children's Hospital.

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