Facilitator Trainings for MGOL: Hatchlings


About Mother Goose on the Loose: Hatchlings

Learn how to reach families before and after birth, through this interactive program that shares the importance of early reading, singing, talking, and playing with babies to build early literacy skills and strong family bonding. Gain knowledge and confidence in providing effective early literacy trainings for expectant parents and parents of young infants.

Hatchlings currently consists of two parts:

  • Baby on the Way (formerly “Ready to Hatch”) is for expectant parents;
  • New Baby and Me (formerly “In the Nest”) is for parents with newborns.

Trainings are available online as well as in person. Hybrid trainings are also possible. 

Walking duck feet

About Hatchlings: Ready to Hatch (Baby on the Way)

This training prepares facilitators to implement the Hatchlings “Baby on the Way” program for expectant parents.  The training will:  

  • Provide an overview of all materials, familiarize facilitators with the songs and rhymes,
  • Explain and provide practice facilitating the scripts and using the panels, so facilitators are comfortable and confident
  • Provide an opportunity to discuss considerations for virtual and in-person sessions, program customization, and ask questions
  • Discuss marketing strategies


“Ready to Hatch” (Baby on the Way) Training Overview


Part 1: Introduction to Hatchlings  – This introduction explains what Hatchlings is, and emphasizes the importance of planning ahead. It covers:

    • Marketing strategies
    • Finding community partners
    • Drumming up an audience
    • Using a timeline
    • Purchasing items needed


Part 2: Training  – The training piece prepares facilitators to implement Hatchlings: “Baby on the Way” for expectant parents by:

  1. Providing an overview of all materials related to Hatchlings: Baby on the Way
  2. Familiarizing facilitators with all of the Baby on the Way songs and rhymes
  3. Explaining the script format; giving practice facilitating the scripts and using the panels to help facilitators feel comfortable and confident 
  4. Identifying strategies to adapt scripts and panels in ways that personalize them but stay true to the content.
  5. Discussing considerations for presenting virtual as well as in-person sessions
  6. Exploring multiple ways to find community partners
  7. Brainstorming marketing techniques
  8. Examining a sample timeline designed to aid with marketing, purchasing, and promoting the program
  9. Introducing strategies for individual libraries’ and community partners to promote their own programs and services to Baby on the Way program participants and identifying methods to share their materials.


Part 3: Office hours

During online “office hours”, libraries and their community partners can confer with Dr. Betsy. They will then be given a break-out room where they can being planning their collaborative program, with Betsy on hand to answer questions or offer suggestions.

In addition, Betsy will be available during the entire year following the introduction to Hatchlings to answer questions and provide advice.


Part 4: Debrief

A final online or in-person meeting for sharing observations and discussing ways to continue offering Hatchlings programming in the future wraps up the first official training period.

Walking duck feet

Certificate of completion available upon request with successful completion of post-test.

Cost of scheduled online training:

  • Fee for all online trainings and meetings mentioned above:   $320. To find out more and register, click here. 
    • Group rates available for groups of 10 or more. Contact info@mgol.org for more information.
  • Fee for printed materials to be ordered from Booklogix (Instruction Guide and Panels$79.00 plus shipping and handling in the US (this is a separate fee and will not part of the course registration)   WWWWWWWW 
  • https://events.humanitix.com/mother-goose-on-the-loose-hatchlings-baby-on-the-way
In-house costs:
  • Fee for supplies: This in-house fee will depend of which supplies you choose to offer.  Facilitators will need supplies to present the program. A list of the  resources and prices will be provided; since it is recommended that a maximum of 15 families attend a session, the approximate cost at the present time is $800 to have everything ready to go.
  • It is recommended that parents receive a “gift” after the session (such as a board book), which they can use to practice the skills they have learned at home.  
  • If funding is an issue, “gifts” for families can be replaced with different board books already in the library.



Tickets for good, not greed

About Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen

A renowned national speaker and accomplished author, Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen is best known as the creator of Mother Goose on the Loose, an award-winning early literacy program. Her charismatic presentations always include an easily-understandable combination of research and practice. Recognized by the ASCLA Leadership and Professional Achievement Award for “revolutionizing the way librarians work with children from birth to age 3” and the 2018 Vattemare Award for Creativity in Libraries, Betsy’s passion is for helping children and the adults in their lives be the best they can be while sparking a love of reading.