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.

This is a volunteer-centric program and we need your help!

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 Harrington, Gouldsboro, Prospect Harbor, Steuben and Winter Harbor in Fall 2019.

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.

I’m interested, what is expected of me?

Training Workshops: A summer 2019 daylong 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 pre-school aged children; defining your role and expectations; facilitating hands-on learning in several literacy-rich areas; deepening knowledge of pilot program goals.

Time Commitment: Up to five 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 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.