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, Assistant Professor and 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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New Publication – Early pandemic impacts on family environments that shape childhood development and health: A Canadian Study

Early pandemic impacts on family environments that shape childhood development and health: A Canadian Study. (2022). McIsaac, Lamptey, Harley, MacQuarrie, Cummings, Rossiter, Janus, & Turner. Child: Care, Health and DevelopmentInfographic summary.

Feb – Aug 2022 Newsletter: Mobilizing Collaborative Research for Early Childhood Well-being

Check out our newly released newsletter! New updates, new results and materials, new team members, and more. Also join us in spotlighting East Preston Day Care and Family Resource Centre, and our partner, On These Shoulders Research Collaborative!

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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.

Learn more.

Amplifying the Voices of Black Families and Educators: Challenging Anti-Black Racism in Early Childhood Environments

See the results: Community Report

On July 27, 2022, we hosted a community event at the East Preston Recreation Centre in partnership with On These Shoulders Research Collaborative at Dalhousie University.

Learn more on the project page!

New Publication: A Scoping Review of Quality in Early Childhood Publicly-Funded Programs

A Scoping Review of Quality in Early Childhood Publicly-Funded Programs. (2022). McLean, McIsaac, Mooney, Morris, Turner. Early Childhood Education Journal.

Learn more about our CELEBRATE Feeding Project!!

CELEBRATE (Coaching in Early Learning Environments to Build a Responsive Approach to Eating and) Feeding is a research study with child care centres in N.S. and on P.E.I.  Centres will work with Early Years Nutrition Coaches to strengthen responsive feeding environments that support diversity and inclusion.

Website: www.celebratefeeding.ca 

Facebook: @CelebrateFeeding

Instagram: @celebratefeeding

This is a collaborative research project by ECCRC (MSVU) and University of Prince Edward Island. It is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

ECCRC’s 2021 Newsletter: Mobilizing Collaborative Research for Early Childhood Well-being

Join us in reviewing 2021 and the work conducted by the ECCRC over the year. Wrapping up projects, beginning new projects, mobilizing research results, new team members, and more. Check out the 2021 Newsletter: Mobilizing Collaborative Research for Early Childhood Well-being!

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Nova Scotia’s shift to publicly funded early learning and child care won’t be easy, but it’s critical

Dr. Christine McLean and Dr. McIsaac, The Conversation Canada piece: “On Jan. 14, as part of the Canada-wide early learning and child care agreement, Nova Scotia announced a reduction in child-care fees by 25 per cent retroactive from Jan. 1, 2022 and other related changes that are part of a historic shift in early learning and care in the province…”

ECCRC’s Reconciliation Statement

The discoveries of the remains found at the sites of former Residential Schools have sparked much reflection and discussion at the ECCRC about our responsibility toward truth and reconciliation. Please read our full statement.

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

Phone: 902-457-6553

Email: CRCearlychildhood@msvu.ca

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

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