Jess Simmons

Jess Simmons is the Director of Growth Strategy at LENA, a nonprofit organization in Boulder, Colorado, dedicated to closing language learning and opportunity gaps for children. When not working, Simmons can be found at home tending to her urban farm, hiking and exploring with her family, and having hundreds of conversational turns with her young daughter Mazie.

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It’s time to harness the power of interactive talk to boost school readiness

Between the ages of 0-3, children’s brains develop more than 1 million neural connections every second, according to the Harvard...