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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.

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:



Northeast area:
Haverhill Public Library
99 Main Street
Haverhill, MA 01830-5092
978-373-1586/1588 x630

Boston area:
Cambridge Public Library
449 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02139
617-349-4038

Southeast area:
Norfolk Public Library
139 Main St.
Norfolk, MA 02056
508-258-3380

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



ECRC Events

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.


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

SPRING 2014 Newsletter

Contact Us

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