Early Childhood Resource Center
The Early Childhood Resource Center (ECRC) for the western region is housed in the Children’s Room at the Central Branch of the Springfield City Library.
The Early Childhood Resource Center (ECRC) is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (DECC). The ECRC consists of books and other resources especially appropriate for teachers and caregivers working with young children. The only thing you need to borrow these resources is a library card! Resources are available through interlibrary loan and can be sent to whichever C/WMARS library is closest to you.
StoryWalk® is a fun, educational activity that places laminated pages from a children’s story along a popular walking route in your community, and can be used either indoors or outside. The Springfield ECRC houses a collection of StoryWalk® kits, including “The Mitten” and “Mouse Paint,” which can be borrowed through the C/W MARS library system and delivered to your local library.
The Springfield ECRC’s collection of StoryWalks® has been created by the Museums/Libraries Project of The Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge grant. StoryWalks® are available to museums, libraries, and Coordinated Family and Community Engagement grantees to borrow and use in their local communities.
About the DEEC
The Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (DEEC) was created in 2005 in an effort to better focus state resources on young children in need of high-quality childcare and early education opportunities. The DEEC focuses on supporting both families and early childhood care providers in order to meet this goal. There are five ECRC’s spread throughout Massachusetts. The other four are:
Cape & Islands Area:
Approximately twice a year, the ECRC sponsors workshops especially for preschool teachers and family childcare providers. Events are held in the evening at the Central Library.
Children on the Autism Spectrum
March 11 and March 18, 6-8:30 pm
Central Library Community Room
With 1 in 68 children in the US being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (Centers for Disease Control, 2014) it is increasingly important for child care providers to learn more about supporting children with autism. This session will provide participants with detailed information including typical behaviors and interaction styles of a child with ASD and the challenges and stressors to the family with a child with ASD. Participants will examine examples of adaptations to communication, environment, and interactions to support the inclusion of a child with ASD. Participants will receive a collection of resources for use in your early childhood program.
This free workshop will be held on two Wednesdays, March 11th and 18th from 6:00-8:30 pm at the Central Library, 220 State Street. Participants must attend both sessions. Certificates for .5 CEUs or 5 contact hours will be awarded. Free parking is available across the street. Space is limited. Registration opens on March 2; call 413.263.6828 ext 201 to register.
Just for the Early Childhood Community
The DEEC has provided the ECRC with a resource just for use by the Early Childhood Community.
Our Ellison Die Machine allows precision cutting of capital and lowercase letters, numbers, and 17 shapes, including an apple, a snowflake, and a butterfly. (For the full list, click here.)
If you would like to use the Ellison Die machine, please call 263-6828 x201 to make an appointment. Appointments must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Weekend appointments are available. You must provide your own paper. (Construction paper is appropriate.) When you arrive, a staff person will demonstrate how to use the machine and will ask that you sign a liability waiver. You can then use whatever shapes we have and cut whatever you need.
Have a question about the ECRC? Contact us at: 220 State Street Springfield MA 01103 413-263-6828 x 201 email@example.com