Early Childhood Collaborative Research Centre

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.

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.



ECCRC Team working from home in response to COVID-19 health and safety restrictions

The Early Childhood Collaborative Research Centre team works remotely, as per the Government of Nova Scotia and Nova Scotia Health recommendations on preventative measures against COVID-19. If you have broader questions relating to COVID-19 and Mount Saint Vincent University’s planning, we encourage you to visit: MSVU Coronavirus Information.


COVID-19 Survey Infographics

Recent findings from our first COVID-19 survey and preliminary results from our COVID-19 Maritime Family interviews 1 & 2 can be found in the form of infographics.


Bridging the Gap: Enhancing Communication Between Early Childhood Educators and Families to Support Children’s Social and Emotional Development

As a part of the SSHRC Exchange Connections grant and three-part virtual seminar series, Stephanie McCabe and Marla Smith, Project and Research Coordinators at the Early Childhood Collaborative Research Centre, discussed two projects that aim to support children’s social and emotional health, in both early learning and home settings. The discussion: how can early childhood educators and families enhance their communication to provide consistent messaging to children to support their social and emotional development? Check out the recorded seminar!

Stephanie and Marla went live on Facebook (@ECCRCmsvu) on February 11th to share 7 tips to support children’s social and emotional development during COVID-19.


Positive Solutions for Families Project funded by PHAC: Mental Health Promotion-Innovation Fund

We are pleased to announce that our team was granted funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada: Mental Health Promotion–Innovation Fund. For more information on our recent funding, click here: Supporting young children through federal funding. For more specific information on our Positive Solutions for Families project, dedicated to promoting positive parenting practices to support the social, emotional health of children, access our Positive Solutions for Families page.

Positive Solutions for Families interview results can be found in the form of an infographic!


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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