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.

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

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.

Free Professional Development Opportunity
from the Early Childhood Resource Center
at the Springfield City Library
Sponsored by the MA Dept. of Early Education and Care

Understanding STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) and How Infants and Toddlers Benefit from It

Mondays, January 28 and February 4, 6-8:30 PM
Central Library, Community Room, 220 State Street

STEAM learning begins early. But STEAM isn’t about showing an infant or toddler flashcards or teaching equations. STEAM is about the hands-on things that children do every day, which really are all around us, and are ready to be discovered by our willing young explorers. During this professional development opportunity, you will learn how to set the stage to foster children’s development of STEAM skills by providing learning opportunities and materials that support exploration and discovery. Because STEAM activities are interactive, and exploration based, they provide many opportunities for children who are dual language learners to be actively involved.

EEC Core Competency 5: Learning Environments and Curriculum
CDA Subject Area 2: Advancing children’s physical and intellectual development

Participants must attend both sessions. Certificates for .5 CEUs or 5 contact hours will be awarded.

Registration is January 7 – 9 at 413.263.6828 x201. Leave your full name and phone number. Participants are selected by lottery. Notifications will be made on January 10 ONLY IF your name was drawn. The waitlist will also be drawn by lottery

Just for the Early Childhood Community

The Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (DEEC) has provided the Early Childhood Resource Center (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. Download this pdf file for a full list of available shapes.

If you would like to use the Ellison Die machine, please call 263-6828 ext. 201 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.


ECRC Newsletter Spring 2017
ECRC Newsletter Winter 2018
ECRC Newsletter Spring 2018

Contact Us

Have a question about the ECRC?

Contact us at:

Central Library
220 State Street
Springfield MA 01103
413-263-6828 x 201