Frequently Asked Questions

Providence Talks is a new, voluntary, early childhood intervention focused on developing children’s vocabularies and oral language skills. Providence Talks is a local response to research demonstrating that children from different backgrounds are exposed to dramatically different levels of adult talk in the formative early years of their life.
Providence Talks utilizes three differnet program models to best accomodate families and their children in Providence. Currently, Providence Talks features its home visiting model, where a trained home visitor is paired with a family, who receives multiple coaching sessions over the course of eight months. The family is provided with resources such as books and access to data reports which showcase the exact language environment in the home using the LENA Digital Language Processor, or “word pedometer” to count Adult Words and Conversational Exchanges in the home.

Providence Talks also reaches families using a Playgroup model, where families get together at a community site to receive a similar Providence Talks curriculum over the course of six weeks. Families still receive data reports and complete recordings using the DLP at home.

Over the last year, Providence Talks has begun trialing its Professional Development model, where teachers in home and center-based daycares receive coaching sessions over the course of six weeks, and complete recordings using the same DLP device.

A child’s vocabulary and home auditory environment has been linked to academic success later in life. Providence Talks maintains both short- and long-term goals. In the short-term, Providence Talks aims to help participating families build their children’s vocabularies enrich their auditory environment. In the long-term, Providence Talks aims to ensure that more children enter kindergarten ready to learn and succeed over the course of their academic career.
Since its launch in 2015, Providence Talks has expanded to scale in the City of Providence, Rhode Island. Over the second half of 2017 and into 2018, Providence Talks hopes to expand into additional cities in the state of Rhode Island.

All families in Providence with children under the age of 3 are eligible for Providence Talks. If you think you may be eligible for the program and are interested, please contact the program at 401-421-2489 x633 or email

Providence Talks has received numerous requests for information from cities, nonprofits, and school districts about replicating all or part of Providence Talks. Because of the multiple models Providence Talks implements, there are multiple options for how your organization or entity may be able to replicate all or part of Providence Talks. Please visit our replication page for more information!
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