Words Count is a short-term, parent-directed, play based program that builds creativity and caregiver-child bonds. The program is based on research showing that the number of words a child hears by age 3 can have a significant impact on his or her future academic success.
During in-home and community-based coaching sessions with a literacy specialist, parents and caregivers are helped to increase their children’s vocabulary and enhance their conversational abilities. The program is the first of its kind in Connecticut to use the industry standard LENA System ™ (Language Environment Analysis) to count and measure the amount of adult spoken words a child hears, and the amount of conversations the child has with adults.
Visits are supplemented with check-in calls to encourage and support parents as they practice new techniques and behaviors. The program not only improves children’s language skills, but also introduces parents to available local resources to continue the development of language and literary skills.
Words Count is open to families with children up to age 5 in Greater Hartford.
For more information, contact Nicole Castro, 860-236-4511 x3334 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bi-weekly and/or monthly home visits are conducted in clients’ homes and group meetings take place at various community locations. Services may also be provided at:
The Village’s Center for Family Life
105 Spring Street
Hartford, CT 06105
Words Count was started with funding from LEGO Community Fund U.S. and NBC Universal, and additional support has been provided by United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut and The Fund for Greater Hartford.