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 located in Kjipuktuk (Halifax), part of Mi’kma’ki, the unceded ancestral territory which remains the homeland of the Mi’kmaq Nation. This territory is covered by the Covenant Chain of Treaties of Peace and Friendship signed between 1725 and 1779. These treaties are affirmed by the Supreme Court of Canada and recognize Aboriginal Title (which is embedded in both the 1763 Royal Proclamation and in section 35(1) of the 1982 Constitution Act). The treaties are living agreements that establish the rules for an ongoing Treaty relationship between nations. 

We pay respect to the knowledge embedded in the Mi’kmaw custodians of the lands and waters and to the Elders, past, present, and future.

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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*NEW* Infographic

A new infographic from our paper: Relationship between Childhood Disability or Developmental Delay and COVID-19 Pandemic Impacts on Families across the Canadian Maritime Provinces.

*NEW* Research Publication

Our CELEBRATE Feeding Team has recently had their paper, ‘Advancing assessment of responsive feeding environments and practices in child care’, published in the Journal of Nutritional Science!

Social Media as a Tool for Families: Call for participants!

If you’re interested in being part of the family advisory committee, check out this recruitment poster for more information.

Bridging the ‘Know-Do’ Gap Report:

In the summer of 2023, Milena received a Scotia Scholar Award from Research Nova Scotia. Under the supervision of Dr. Jessie-Lee McIsaac, Milena spoke with early childhood educators across Nova Scotia who participated in the Culturally Responsive Practices professional development modules to learn more about how educators translated the knowledge gained in the sessions to their early learning environments. We are excited to share the findings of the study. To read the report, click here.

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

We are so excited to announce that the Final Report is now available for the ‘Promoting Equity in Early Childhood: Building Atlantic Connections’ project! To learn more about this project, visit the project page.


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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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