Learn how to reach families before 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.

“Baby on the Way” Training Overview

(a 4 part training)


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

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


Part 2: Training  – The training prepares facilitators to implement the Hatchlings: “Baby on the Way” program 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 (optional)

During online “office hours” when 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 any questions or to give suggestions.

In addition, Betsy will be available during the entire period of the training to answer questions and provide advice.


Part 4: Debrief

A final online meeting for sharing observations and discussing ways to continue offering Hatchlings programming in the future wraps up the first official training period.  Certificate of completion available upon request with successful completion of post-test.

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Training fees

Printed Materials

  • Attendees are expected to use the Ready to Hatch (Baby on the Way) Instruction Guide below; use of the panels is optional. Printed materials are available for free download from the MGOL Website (address to be given during the introductory webinar) or can be ordered from Booklogix for the prices listed below, plus shipping and handling in the US.  

Ready to Hatch (Baby on the Way) Printed Materials:

Instruction Guide: $30

Ready tp Hatch Instruction Guide

Panels: $60

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The Bundle (both items together): $79.99

Ready to Hatch Bundle with Instruction Guide and Panels

In-house costs:
  • The estimated cost for Ready to Hatch materials is $8 – $12 per participating family (excludes shipping & handling, dependent on current prices and discounts.  5-10 families at a time are recommended for each session.
  • The in-house fee will depend of which supplies you choose to offer. If no funding is available, the Hatchlings program can be successfully conducted using the program content and activities, with suggestions to families for homemade creation of program materials used, (e.g., homemade shaker and puppet)
  • We recommend 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.
  • For a complete breakdown of the 2023 Hatchlings program materials information, click here

Click here to find out about the Hatchlings: In the Nest (New Baby and Me) trainings

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