Since 1991, Early Childhood Resource Centers have made materials and resources available to the early childhood community across the state. There are now five public libraries contracted by the Department of Early Education and Care to facilitate the availability and accessibility of these early childhood materials and resources statewide. This collaboration with public libraries creates broader access for parents, public schools, Child Care Resource and Referral agencies (CCR&Rs), individual early education and care programs, Family Child Care systems (FCC), and EEC grant initiatives - specifically the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE), Head Start, Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) and Reach Out and Read.
Each of the five Early Childhood Resource Centers is located in the Children's section of the public library. Days and hours of operation vary for each site so please contact sites for further information. A contract with the public libraries makes the resources at each Center available to anyone across the Commonwealth as long as they have a current library card. By using the Virtual Catalog, a patron can select the items they wish to borrow and they will be delivered to their local library.
Contact Information for Five Statewide Early Childhood Resource Centers:
Cambridge Public Library
Cambridge, MA 02138
617-349-4409 - Daryl Mark, Children's Services, Cambridge Public Library
Falmouth Public Library
300 Main Street
Falmouth, MA 02540
508-457-2555, x2953 and x2936 - Kim Dewall and Laura Ford
Haverhill Public Library
99 Main Street
Haverhill, MA 01830-5092
978-373-1586 x626 - Alissa Lauzon and Kathy Alexander
Norfolk Public Library
139 Main Street
Norfolk, MA 02056
508-528-3380 x3 - Robin Glasser and Connie Jones
Springfield City Library
220A State Street
Springfield, MA 01103
413-263-6828 x201 - Christin LaRocque
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