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Mother Goose on the Loose is an award-winning early-literacy program for children from birth to age 3 with their parents or caregivers.

Created by Mother Goose on the Loose Executive Director, Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen, this innovative program is based on research which shows that children learn best through routine and repetition in a nurturing environment. Mother Goose on the Loose uses a variety of activities, such as rhymes, songs, puppets and instruments to foster speech development, motor coordination, self-confidence, and sensitivity to others.

Mother Goose on the Loose is different than any other lapsit program. It is composed of ten consecutive sections, utilizing a formula of 80% repetition from week to week. Combined with positive reinforcement and developmental tips for caregivers, this easy-to-plan and easy-to-implement program helps children develop all the skills they need in order to be ready for school.

The program integrates best practices from baby storytime and includes developmental tips for adults. Musical activities are patterned after “Your Baby Needs Music” using the “Listen, Like, Learn” approach. Developed by the late Barbara Cass-Beggs, a true visionary of children’s learning, this method helps children learn music in a very effective way, creating an optimal learning environment.

Mother Goose on the Loose is available in English, Spanish, and Hebrew. There is also an inclusive version for children with special needs. Learn more (links to description of workshops page which follows).

To see a short video about Mother Goose on the Loose created by the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, click here!