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.

In the Media

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



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.


CRC-led research centre at MSVU informing change in early childhood policy and programs

“Dr. Jessie-Lee McIsaac, Tier II Canada Research Chair and Director of the Early Childhood Collaborative Research Centre (ECCRC) at Mount Saint Vincent University, started at the university with an idea and three goals.”

Learn more about how the ECCRC began and how far it as grown in just four years.

How are Atlantic Canadian families experiencing the pandemic? Preliminary results from survey 2

The ECCRC launched a second survey to learn about the impacts of the pandemic on Atlantic Canadian families with young children in March/April 2021. Our team has illustrated the preliminary results in the form of an infographic.

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.

Data Systems for Early Childhood Development in Atlantic Canada

The ECCRC is hosting a series of collective discussions amongst early childhood policymakers, researchers, and practitioners from across Atlantic Canada to share current progress and explore aspirations for the future. The goal is to build an understanding of current research efforts and to explore opportunities for Atlantic Canadian professionals to work together in collaborative research. There will be five collective discussions facilitated by Dr. Magdalena Janus (McMaster University), Dr. David Philpott (NL), Dr. Gregory Paterson (NB-IRDT, UNB), Dr. Jessie-Lee McIsaac (MSVU), and Dr. Bill Montelpare (UPEI).

All sessions are recorded and Mo Dresch illustrates beautiful graphics to summarize the conversations, which the ECCRC includes in a graphic summary. 

This project is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

ECCRC launches follow-up survey on pandemic impact on Atlantic Canadian families

In an effort to better understand how Atlantic Canadian families have been adapting and adjusting to impacts of the COVID-19 global pandemic over the past year, ECCRC created and launched a survey to explore these topics. We invited families living in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador, with children eight-years-old or younger, to participate in this research study. Stay tuned for the results.

The ECCRC is thankful for the response from local media!

Responsive Feeding Practices in Early Learning Programs: Strategies for Enhancing Healthy Eating Among Young Children

As a part of the SSHRC Exchange Connections grant and three-part virtual seminar series, Dr. Misty Rossiter (UPEI) and Dr. Jessie-Lee McIsaac (MSVU), discussed what’s happening now in early childhood programs to support responsive feeding, and the areas needing more attention to support healthy eating among young children. They shared key strategies for enhancing responsive feeding environments for young children to provide tangible actions for early childhood educators.

The seminar took place on April 22nd.

As a prequel to the webinar, Drs. Rossiter and McIsaac shared 5 strategies for enhancing healthy eating among young children.

View the previous two seminars: Bridging the Gap: Enhancing Communication Between ECEs and Families to Support Children’s Social and Emotional Development and How Are Maritime Families Experiencing the Pandemic? Building a Connection Between ECEs and Families During COVID-19.

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.

Dr. Jessie-Lee McIsaac featured in MSVU Research Minute

The MSVU Research Office featured Dr. Jessie-Lee McIsaac in their Research Minute series. Dr. McIsaac discusses the ECCRC and explains the three objectives that govern our work: Population-level evaluation, leveraging family voice, and knowledge mobilization.

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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