Muscatine, IA – According to the city officials, the no-cost program still has openings.
Officials have announced that the program will begin around the middle of June and lasts 10 weeks.
During the program, the participating children wear a small recording device and a shirt with a pocket for the device is provided.
The device tracks how many words the people in their lives speak to them and their number of interactions.
City officials said that it does not record what words are being said.
Parents and caregivers meet weekly with the children’s librarians to learn more about how to talk to children up through age three in an engaging and understandable manner.
They also receive books for the children. Children are welcome at these sessions, but their attendance is not required.
The local LENA program is funded by a combination of an Early Childhood Iowa – Muscatine County grant and MPL funding.
More information here.
This story will be updated as new information become available.