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Background: 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. Mother Goose on the Loose: Hatchlings was created with delivery options for inside the library and in community outreach settings, ideally, a library will implement both delivery options in order to maximize reach to families who can benefit from the early literacy messages of Hatchlings.

Hatchlings focuses on the roots of early literacy and the development of daily reading habits with equity in mind as it includes under-represented populations, such as English as a second language families, low-income families, families of children with disabilities, and single parent-families In addition to singing the suggested songs provided by the Hatchlings curriculum, families are encouraged to share culturally rich songs and stories handed down through their own families.

The Hatchlings curriculum follows the Mother Goose on the Loose format and philosophy, which builds upon a research-based foundation of early childhood development using ritual, repetition, music, play, and movement in a joy-filled, non-judgmental atmosphere. 

Hatchlings integrates important health and child development Information, including eye and visual development, the importance of tummy time, and how infants’ brain develops in these early weeks and months of life through verbal and tactile stimulation with caregivers.

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.

Hatchlings Ready to Hatch (Baby on the Way) Trainings

Training for Hatchlings In the Nest (New Baby and Me)


Click here to find out more about the Hatchlings: Ready to Hatch (Baby on the Way) trainings

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


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