Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen developed the early literacy program called ”Mother Goose on the Loose” (MGOL) while working as a children’s librarian in the 1980’s. Built upon research regarding the way children develop and learn, nursery rhymes and playful activities involving book illustrations, songs, musical instruments, and puppets were combined in a seamless way to help children build language & literacy skills, social skills, and emotional skills. Development tips explained to parents why the activities were valuable, and through participation parents practiced new ways to sing, talk, play, and use books with their children.
A few years after MGOL was recognized by the Godfrey Award for Excellence in Public Library Services for Families and Children, Betsy created Mother Goose on the Loose, LLC in order to train as many Librarians and Early Childhood Educators as possible to be program facilitators. Since then, she have been traveling across the US and abroad presenting trainings are based on the knowledge that children learn best in the context of loving relationships. MGOL facilitators learn how to get parents and caregivers to interact with their children in healthy ways that target the WHOLE CHILD through this 30 minute program for children from birth to age 3 and the adults in their lives.