About the Grants & Program

As many as 10 Colorado churches will be selected to receive the research-proven Smarter Happier Baby Program free of charge for a 3-6 year period, valuing the grants at between $50,000 - $80,000. The Smarter Happier Baby Program helps parents of children 0-24 months accelerate their child’s language, cognitive, emotional, and social development.


The Smarter Happier Baby Program was created by the LENA Research Foundation (LRF), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to close the gap between the haves and have-nots. LRF has spent the last 18 months developing the Smarter Happier Baby Program, which is the first early learning program to use LENA’s high-tech system. LENA technology garnered national attention recently for being the key component in the program that won The Bloomberg Foundation’s $5 million grand prize for innovative programs that help close the gap between the haves and have-nots. The New York Times profiled the winning entry in its article The Power of Talking to Your Baby.

This same technology, along with specially designed LENA clothing, a computer, and a cloud-based management and reporting system, will be provided to selected Colorado churches. In addition, LRF will provide training and instructional materials for program coordinators and children’s books for participants in order to promote shared book reading.


For more information or to sign up for the program please call 303-545-9696 or email

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