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

Boston area:
Cambridge Public Library
449 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02138

Southeast area:
Norfolk Public Library
139 Main St.
Norfolk, MA 02056

Cape & Islands Area:
Falmouth Public Library
300 Main St.
Falmouth, MA 02540

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.

Creating Productive Relationships with Families and Communities

Relationships form the framework of quality early education and care programming in a setting where children feel safe and secure. Use of respectful collaboration results in continuity of care for the child. Throughout this training, participants will explore strategies to form productive relationships with families, which benefit the child, family, and educator. Participants will discuss the benefits of partnerships for all involved including the positive effect on children’s development.

This class is taught in English on Mondays, May 2 & 9, 6-8:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 220 State Street. Participants must attend both sessions. Certificates for .5 CEUs or 5 contact hours awarded.

Registration is April 25-27 at 413.263.6828 x201. Leave your full name, phone number, and whether you wish to attend the English class or the Spanish class. Participants are now selected by lottery. Notifications will be made on April 28 ONLY IF your name was drawn. Waitlist by lottery as well.

Creando Relaciones Productivas con Familias y Comunidades

Las relaciones forman el marco de una educación temprana de calidad y cuidado en un entorno de programación donde los niños se sienten seguros. Uso de resultados de la colaboración respetuosa en la continuidad de cuidado para el niño. A lo largo de este curso, los participantes explorarán estrategias para establecer relaciones productivas con las familias, que benefician al niño, la familia y el educador. Los participantes discutirán los beneficios de las alianzas para todos los participantes incluyendo el efecto positivo en el desarrollo de los niños.

Esta clase será ofrecida en español los lunes, 16 y 23 de mayo, de las 6 pm hasta las 8:30 pm en la Biblioteca Central, 220 de la calle State. Los participantes tienen que asistir las dos clases. Recibirán .5 CEU o 5 horas de contacto.

La inscripción es del 25 al 27 de abril por teléfono al 413-263-6828, ext. 201. Deje un mensaje con su nombre y apellido, número de teléfono, y su preferencia por la clase en inglés o en español. Los participantes serán seleccionados por un sorteo. SOLO le notificaremos el día 28 de abril si se sortea su nombre. Si no, pondremos su nombre en la lista de espera. Si abre un plazo, haremos otro sorteo.

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 2016

Contact Us

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