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Early Childhood Resource Center


What is the Early Childhood Resource Center, or the ECRC@FPL? The Early Childhood Resource Center makes materials and resources available to adults within the early childhood community across the Cape & Islands. Aside from services and programs, the ECRC@FPL's collection of resources is available for loan (at no cost) to parents, grand parents, teachers, students, administrators, child care providers, and others interested in the education and care of young children. The materials in the collection may be taken out with your CLAMS library card. If you do not have a CLAMS card, you may apply for a FREE library card in the Children's Room. The ECRC@FPL is sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

Resources for Coping with Tragic Events

Our hearts go out to everyone affected by the Boston Marathon tragedy.

...There are several resources available that are designed to offer social and emotional support to those who need assistance with processing, understanding, or coping with tragedies or grief. In hopes of helping families and communities cope with such tragic events, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) has the following resources available:

• Children and Firearms (http://www.aacap.org/cs/root/facts_for_families/children_and_firearms)
• Children and Grief (http://www.aacap.org/cs/root/facts_for_families/children_and_grief)
• PTSD (http://www.aacap.org/cs/root/facts_for_families/posttraumatic_stress_disorder_ptsd)
• Understanding Violent Behavior in Children and Adolescents (http://www.aacap.org/cs/root/facts_for_families/understanding_violent_behavior_in_children_and_adolescents)
• Disaster and Trauma Resource Center (http://www.aacap.org/cs/DisasterTrauma.ResourceCenter)

ECRC Programming Notes: Every Child Ready to Read is an exciting workshop series that can help providers and parents of children from birth to age five learn about the early literacy skills children must know before they can actually learn to read. Children who enter kindergarten with these skills are ready to learn to read. Since so much of school success is based on being a good reader, helping children get ready to read is an important priority for the parents and caregivers of young children.

We are currently scheduling for the 2014 school year! SIGN UP NOW!!! Call Laura Ford 508.457.2555 x5 for more information or email her at .
Remember, we cover Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket!

How to search our ECRC Collections:

  • In order to view our entire collections, in the upper right hand corner you can see Catalog Search.
  • Where it says “Title” pull down the menu to “Local Call Number”.
  • Then type in ECRC in the blank box.
  • Click search.
  • From this screen you can then limit the list even further by clicking the "LIMIT/SORT SEARCH" button.

Special Collection Available:
Ellison Machine and Dies

Falmouth ECRC Newsletters
Fall 2010.pdf
Winter 2010.pdf
Spring 2011.pdf
Fall 2011.pdf
Winter 2012.pdf
Spring 2012.pdf
Fall 2012.pdf
Winter 2013.pdf


Web site Resources:
Printable Department of Early Education & Care
Literacy brochures: EEC

WGBH has a great downloadable kit called "Kids, Media and Values—A Wake-Up Call". The kit reveals the truth about kids and media along with tips, tools and resources to help families make smart choices about the use of media in their homes.

Another great resource comes to you from The Alliance for Childhood. This report is called "Crisis in the Kindergarten Why Children Need to Play in School". This report stresses the importance of play and why it is needed in school.

To contact us please call 508 - 457 - 2555 x5 or email Laura Ford at and Donna Burgess at

Where are the other Early Childhood Resource Centers (ECRC)? There are currently 5 Resource Centers in Massachusetts:

Northeastern MA:
Haverhill Public Library- 99 Main Street Haverhill, MA 01830 978-373-1586/1588 x630 Contact: Leslie Todd or Kathy Alexander

Boston area:
Cambridge Public Library 449 Broadway Cambridge, MA 02139 617-349-4409 Contact: Daryl Mark

Southeastern MA:
Norfolk Public Library - 139 Main St. Norfolk, MA 02056 508-258-3380 Contact: Robin Glasser or Connie Jones

Cape & Islands:
Falmouth Public Library - 300 Main St. Falmouth, MA 02540 508-457-2555 x 5 or x2953 Contact: Laura Ford or Donna Burgess

Western MA:
Springfield City Library - 220 State St. Springfield, MA 01103 413-263-6828 Contact: Rachel Keeler