Early Childhood Collaborative Research Centre

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About the Centre

The Early Childhood Collaborative Research Centre (ECCRC) engages families, as well as partners in policy and practice in research and evaluation to enhance early childhood well-being. The goal of the ECCRC is to ensure policy and practice are in place to support families across different early learning environments. Find out more about the Centre.

Research at the ECCRC is led by Dr. Jessie-Lee McIsaac, Associate Professor and Tier II Canada Research Chair in Early Childhood: Diversity and Transitions.

We would like to acknowledge that our office is in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship” which Mi’kmaq Wəlastəkwewiyik (Maliseet), and Passamaquoddy Peoples first signed with the British Crown in 1726. The treaties did not deal with surrender of lands and resources but in fact recognized Mi’kmaq and Wəlastəkwewiyik (Maliseet) title and established the rules for what was to be an ongoing relationship between nations. 

We recognize that African Nova Scotians are a distinct people whose histories, legacies and contributions have enriched that part of Mi’kma’ki known as Nova Scotia for over 400 years.

About our Team

Our team members are committed to conducting rigorous research and evaluation to support early childhood well-being. We foster an environment of collective learning through mentorship and teamwork. Find out more about our team and current employment opportunities.

Knowledge Mobilization

We share the results of our research in different ways. Please see examples of our recent presentations, infographics, videos, reports, and academic publications.


Providing the best start for our youngest generation is a growing social and economic priority in communities across Canada, including Nova Scotia. Check out our recent projects that support early childhood development.

In the Media

ECCRC is thankful for the support of local media in mobilizing knowledge.


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We are so excited to announce that registration is now open for the Fireside Chat, which is part of a series of events for the ‘Promoting Equity in Early Childhood: Continuing the conversation to build Atlantic Connections’ Project! Check out our webpage for more information how to register. This event will also be live-streamed on our YouTube Channel!

*NEW* Research Publication

Our photovoice project titled “Looking through the lens: a photovoice study examining access to services for newcomer children” is now published in the International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Wellbeing.

A paper from our Amplifying the Voices project has recently published a paper, Anti-Black racism in the early years: the experiences of Black families and early childhood educators in Nova Scotia. It seeks to understand the manifestations of anti-Black racism in early childhood and explore its impact on Black children and families.

Infographics from the COVID-19 Project

These infographics highlights the results of our recently published papers, Relative Importance of Well-Being Determinants in Atlantic Canadian Families during the Pandemic and Shifting play experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic: Family responses to pandemic restrictions.

Promoting Equity in Early Childhood: A Storytelling Series to Build Atlantic Connections

For recordings, resources and storyteller bios, check out our project page. Keep an eye on this page for updates as we continue the conversation to promote equity in early childhood.

Nova Scotia Early Childhood Professional Well-Being Survey

An online survey to explore the professional well-being of early childhood professionals in Nova Scotia was distributed in November 2022. The preliminary results infographic is now available.

Mobilizing Innovative Models in Early Childhood Education and Care for Newcomer Families and Children: A Pan-Canadian Environmental Scan

We are pleased to share the report from our research that investigated how early learning and child care is implemented through settlement agencies across Canada. Please find the report here. You can also watch our virtual seminar on our YouTube channel here.

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Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, & Accessibility (EDIA) at the ECCRC

The ECCRC values the implementation of principles and practices that reflect and support equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility (EDIA) in its day-to-day work, in its research processes, with its partnerships, and in the creation of knowledge mobilization materials.

We have reviewed and updated our EDIA in the Workplace document.

Learn more.

Truth and Reconciliation Statement

As part of our ongoing commitment to Truth and Reconciliation, our team has intentionally spent time updating our Truth and Reconciliation Statement. We will continue to share our reflections and learnings through our website and social media pages. We will revise this statement June, 2024.

Contact Us

Early Childhood Collaborative Research Centre
Centre for Applied Research in Human Health
Mount Saint Vincent University
166 Bedford Highway, Halifax NS B3M 2J6

Email: CRCearlychildhood@msvu.ca

For the complete staff directory, please refer to the Our Research Team page.

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