Getting the Right Start

Getting the Right Start is IRW's newest initiative that aims to improve literacy skill development, connect reading with art and promote a love of learning to help pre-K children get the right start in school.

Attention, Lovers of Reading & Picture Books!

Interested in reading picture books with children? Become a Getting the Right Start volunteer and help us to enhance story time for kids in public pre-K classrooms, childcare programs and community centers in Gouldsboro, Steuben and Winter Harbor in Fall 2019.

I’m interested, what is expected of me?

Training Workshops: Attend a workshop to include training in the “Whole Book Approach” with the director of education from the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art; learning about the literacy skill and social-emotional development of preschool children; defining your role and expectations; facilitating hands-on learning in several literacy-rich areas; deepening knowledge of pilot program goals. (Workshop is potentially a day-long or two half days depending on coordination of schedules.)

Time Commitment: Participate in a six-week story hour session (once per week at the determined site); volunteering approximately 3-5 hours per week during the school year with time between visits to reflect on experience; weekly debriefing sessions; participating in the evaluation of the pilot program.

Transportation: Use of personal vehicle with gas cards provided by IRW.

Communications: Monthly meeting with Jan Coates, Executive Director of IRW, and program host teacher or childcare provider. Periodic check-ins with Celine Martin, Program Assistant for IRW, and Noe Medina, IRW project evaluator.

Qualifications: Must love books and enjoy working with children ages 3-5. Past teaching experience not required, but experience working with children is desired.

I want to learn more!

If you are interested in learning more about our Getting the Right Start pilot program, please contact Alison Johnson ( or Jan Coates ( at 207-244-5111.