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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
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.

Practical Ways to Promote Learning through Active Play
The MA Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) regulations require programs to provide children with at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. During this training, participants will explore the benefits of physical activity for children and strategies to meet this regulation in fun, appropriate ways. Participants will participate in and design activities that can be used inside and/or outside, design a safe and appropriate movement-learning environment, and discuss the relationship between movement and learning.

English: Wednesdays, March 22 and 29, 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 will be awarded.
Registration is March 13-15 at 413-263-6828 ext 201. Leave your full name, phone number, and whether you wish to attend the English class or the Spanish class. Participants are selected by lottery. Notifications will be made on March 16 ONLY IF your name was drawn. The waitlist will also be drawn by lottery.



Formas Prácticas de Promover el Aprendizaje a Través del Juego Activo
Cuando los niños se mueven más y se sientan menos no sólo están aprendiendo, sino que también están aprendiendo a vivir de manera saludable. Cuando los niños participan en el juego activo, no sólo desarrollan sus músculos, sino que son más capaces de aprender en todos los dominios. Además, el movimiento ayuda a los niños a desarrollar confianza en sus habilidades. Al participar en la actividad física desde temprana edad, los niños pueden desarrollar y disfrutar una vida activa. Durante este curso interactivo, los participantes explorarán los beneficios de incluir el juego activo a lo largo del plan de estudios, discutir maneras de apoyar el desarrollo de habilidades motoras, considerar la manera de crear un ambiente seguro y apropiado de aprendizaje activo, y compartir estrategias que promueven el aprendizaje activo tanto en interiores como en exteriores. Los participantes también discutirán el reglamento del Departamento de Educación Temprana y Cuidado sobre la actividad física que se requiere en los programas de educación temprana con licencia.

En español: Los miércoles, 12 y 19 de abril, 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 13 al 15 de marzo 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 16 de marzo 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 2017

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