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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.

New Resource!

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 three ECRC’s spread throughout Massachusetts. The other two are:



Boston area:
Cambridge Public Library
449 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02138
617-349-4038

Cape & Islands Area:
Falmouth Public Library
300 Main St.
Falmouth, MA 02540
508-457-2555



ECRC Events

ECRC Professional Development Workshop

Tinkering
Presenter: Marcela M. Simpson, M.Ed.
Innovative Foundations for Early Childhood Education
Dates: Monday, April 23 & April 30
Time: 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Springfield Public Library, 220 State Street
.5 CEUs

During this professional development opportunity you will learn about the concept of tinkering, defined as a playful way of approaching and solving problems through direct experience, experimentation and discovery, using open-ended materials and homemade tools. We will also identify how the Tinkering concept applies to engineering and technology (STEM Standards). During the session participants will have access to explore with open-ended materials and use them to create their own designs. Participants will also learn about an FCC program pilot that was inspired by the Boston Children’s Museum Tinkering Kit. This will be an active, fun, but above all, innovative training.

Presentadora: Marcela M. Simpson, M.Ed.
Innovative Foundations for Early Childhood Education
Fechas: Miércoles 9 y 16 de mayo
Hora: 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Local: Springfield Public Library, 220 State Street
.5 CEUs

En esta capacitación aprenderemos acerca del concepto tinkering, un proceso activo, definido como una manera juguetona de abordar y resolver problemas a través del experiencia directa, la experimentación y el descubrimiento, utilizando materiales abiertos y herramientas caseras. Así mismo cubriremos cómo los conceptos de ingeniería y tecnología (STEM) aplican a este concepto Tinkering. Durante la sesión los participantes tendrán acceso a materiales de Tinkering y encontrarán maneras creativas de utilizarlos para crear sus propios diseños. Los participantes también tendrán la oportunidad de escuchar como este concepto ha sido utilizado con educadoras de programas de educación infantil familiar a través de la iniciativa de Tinkering Kits del Museo de Niños de Boston. Será una capacitación activa, divertida, pero más que todo, innovadora.


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.

Current newsletter

ECRC Newsletter Spring 2017

ECRC Newsletter Winter 2018

ECRC Newsletter Spring 2018

Contact Us

Have a question about the ECRC? Contact us at:
220 State Street
Springfield MA 01103
413-263-6828 x 201
cferguson@springfieldlibrary.org