ECCRC Goals and Objectives

Dr. McIsaac’s research program aims to enhance well-being during early childhood by ensuring policy and practice support families as they transition through early learning environments (e.g., childcare/preschool settings, schools, family resource centres, community).

The objectives of the ECCRC include:

  • To collaboratively mobilize knowledge and experiences for and with marginalized families to inform policy and practice. We do this by leveraging family voice through our research and by considering how the social determinants of health influence families and a child’s well-being.
  • To evaluate the implementation of early childhood policy strategies on practice and child well-being. Through population-level evaluation, we aim to understand in what ways policies and programs are being implemented and how they need to adjust to support young children’s well-being.
  • To foster and evaluate the use of an engaged scholarship approach in early childhood research. We look for ways to bridge the gap between research, policy and practice through knowledge mobilization efforts that extend traditional research outputs


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Read about how the ECCRC began and how much it has grown over just four years.

Check out Research Nova Scotia’s podcast featuring Dr. Jessie-Lee McIsaac where she talks about the ECCRC and the research conducted by the centre.

Dr. Jessie-Lee McIsaac’s MSVU Research Minute


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Research is conducted at the state-of-the-art Centre for Applied Research in Human Health (CAR) at 47 College Road. This collaborative research space brings together faculty across disciplines to strengthen research efforts at MSVU and develop local, provincial, national and international connections.

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