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.



Employment Opportunity: Postdoctoral Fellow

This position will primarily focus on a research project exploring stories of program quality in the Nova Scotia Pre-primary Program.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will work with the team on the research protocol, including facilitating workshops with early childhood educators to record and reflect on how numeracy and literacy are supported within the Pre-primary Program.

There will be flexibility for remote work.

View the full job-description.

Looking Through the Lens of Newcomer Families in Nova Scotia

In partnership with ISANS, the ECCRC hosted an outdoor photo gallery featuring photos taken by newcomer families to bring greater awareness to their experiences accessing programs for their children and to share their ideas for improvement. The entire event was informed by participants.

Learn more about the project and the event.

See local media reports.

Looking through the lens of newcomer families in Nova Scotia: A photo exhibit and call-to-action

MSVU Media Release: “Together with early childhood educators (ECEs), newcomer families in Nova Scotia are bringing awareness to their experiences finding and using programs for their children and sharing ideas for creating a more inclusive community through a new public photo exhibit.”

ECCRC is now on Instagram!

Check out our Instagram page to learn more about our team, the research process, and to see our research results!

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.

COVID-19 Maritime Family Interviews Preliminary Results

Our team conducted three interviews with Maritime Families to understand how the COVID-19 global pandemic has continued to influence the lives of Maritime Families over time as they adjust to changed routines and adapt to changing realities. View the results!

Want to Learn More About the Pyramid Model, the Benefits, and the Implementation in Nova Scotia?

The Pyramid Model is a conceptual framework of evidence-based practices for promoting young children’s healthy
social and emotional development. The Pyramid Model program uses a coaching model to provide guidance to
families, Early Childhood Educators and other professionals. Learn more through our introduction to Pyramid Model infographic in English and in French!

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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