Wednesday, February 21, 2024 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST
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St. Augustine Waterworks
184 San Marco Ave.
St. Augustine, FL 32084

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Mother Goose on the Loose - St. Augustine (02/21/24)


This interactive workshop will give you the tools to plan and facilitate the award winning, hands-on early literacy program, Mother Goose on the Loose, and increase the family engagement potential for your current programs. We will also explore the science regarding the human brain and early childhood development, and how your early childhood programs will positively impact children’s learning and family relationships.

Research suggests that our impact on early literacy learning is greatly multiplied by using the Whole Child Approach. The Whole Child Approach focuses not only on academic school readiness skills, but the foundation of the whole child including the critical components of safety, physical well-being and emotional and social growth.

Mother Goose on the Loose is an award winning early literacy program that is used in libraries around the county (and abroad) for parents with babies from birth to age two, although it has been successfully adapted for children up to age 5 as well. Easy to plan and easy to present, Mother Goose on the Loose seamlessly combines music, movement, books, rhymes, puppets, and fingerplays in fun ways that help children develop language and self-regulation skills.


Trainer: Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen

Betsy Diamant-Cohen, creator of Mother Goose on the Loose, holds a BA from Brandeis University, an MLS from Rutgers University, and a DCD (Doctorate of Communications Design) from the University of Baltimore.
In the 1990s, Betsy restructured her already popular library programs to create Mother Goose on the Loose. In 2002, the Godfrey Award for Excellence in Public Library Services for Families and Children was presented to her library in recognition of the “Mother Goose on the Loose program as a strong contributor to a comprehensive set of library goals relating to children’s services.”
In 2004, Betsy was selected by Library Journal as a “re-inventor” and as one of that year's “Movers and Shakers”. Her book on Mother Goose on the Loose came out in 2006. Betsy has been giving training workshops around the country ever since. In 2013,  she was the recipient of ASCLA’s  Leadership and Professional Achievement Award. In 2018, she was the recipient of the Vattemare Award for Creativity in Libraries.
In 2022, Betsy was the recipient of the Association for Library Service to Children’s (ALSC) Distinguished Service Award. This prestigious award honors an individual who has made significant contributions to library service to children and to ALSC.

Cost: NEFLIN classes are free of charge for Florida library staff. Registration is required for all classes and NEFLIN members get priority.

This project was funded either under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act from the Institute of Museum and Library Services or the Library Cooperative Grant program. Florida’s LSTA and LCG programs are administered by the Department of State’s Division of Library and Information Services. 

For FY2023-24, the total state and federal budgets for NEFLIN's programs are $694,693. 42% of the total costs ($294,693) are supported by federal funds, and 58% of this program ($400,000) is supported by state funds.