Welcome to LENA at Arts in Play

Wondering how to help your little one develop language and social-emotional skills but aren’t sure where to start - especially when staying at home?
Are you interested in learning new, fun and developmentally appropriate ways to engage with your baby or toddler?
Join us from the comfort of your home to play, learn, and grow with your little one!

GrowBabyGrow and Mama to Mama are gearing up for another delightful session of FREE virtual playgroups 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 series begins in June 2021 with introductory sessions at the end of May.

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 at Arts in Play?

A FREE 10-week* virtual playgroup that incorporates the Arts in Play GrowBabyGrow curriculum and the LENA talk pedometer program that strengthens the adult/child dyad through interactive talking.

*Plus an intro 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 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.

*Families must live within one of the zip codes listed below and must have a combined family income of less than $45,000.00

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

How does it work?


Each virtual session throughout the 10 weeks will include stories, songs, plenty of movement and activities that enhance relationships and language skills.

Between weekly playgroups, 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 10 new books and 10 new toys

  • Earn grocery gift cards for participation

  • Kindle and hotspot are provided

Pre-Register Now!

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Weekly on Tuesday Mornings
10:00 - 11:00 am

LENA at Arts in Play 10 am

Session Dates

TBA (Intro Session)
TBA (10 weeks)


Zoom...from your living room!

Pre-Registration via Eventbrite is required. Click below for Tuesdays at 10 am.

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Weekly on Tuesday Evenings
6:00 - 7:00 pm

LENA at Arts in Play 6 pm

Session Dates

TBA (Intro Session)
TBA (10 weeks)


Zoom...from your living room!

Registration for Tuesdays at 6 pm is closed. There is space in our Tuesday morning session.

Weekly playgroups 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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