Our Words Count program, offered through Stronger Families Stronger Futures Prenatal and Early Childhood Home Visiting Network, is a parent-directed, play-based program that provides you with support to increase your child’s vocabulary and enhance their conversational abilities. It 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.
- In-home and community-based coaching sessions with a literary specialist
- Check-in calls to encourage and support you as you practice new techniques and behaviors
- Connections to available local resources to continue your child’s development of language and literacy skills
The Stronger Families Stronger Futures Prenatal and Early Childhood Home Visiting Network includes The Village, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Hartford, City of Hartford – Health & Human Services, Hartford Hospital, Hartford HealthCare at Home, Hispanic Health Council and St. Francis Hospital & Medical Center. 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.