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.

New Job Opportunity: Early Years Nutrition Coach

The Early Childhood Collaborative Research Centre (ECCRC) is seeking to hire an Early Years Nutrition Coach with a Master’s degree in Human Nutrition, Child and Youth Study, Health Promotion or another related field. The Early Years Nutrition Coach will be involved in the mobilizing knowledge-to-action for responsive feeding in early childhood project.

Learn more about the position! 

Job Opportunity at UPEI, in collaboration with ECCRC: Early Years Nutrition Coach

The University of Prince Edward Island is looking for an Early Years Nutrition Coach with a Master’s degree in Human Nutrition, Child and Youth Study, Health Promotion or another related field. The successful applicant will work with an interdisciplinary research team in Nova Scotia (MSVU) and PEI (UPEI). Some responsibilities include working with early childhood educators and regulated childcare centres to develop goals and action plans related to responsive feeding and coaching educators and centres in achieving their goals, as well as supporting data collection and analysis.

Learn more about the position!

New Job Opportunity: Research Associate 

The Early Childhood Collaborative Research Centre (ECCRC) is seeking a Research Associate in Early Childhood. The Research Associate will work closely with Dr. Jessie-Lee McIsaac and complement her research program in early childhood. This position will primarily focus on a research project exploring stories of program quality in the Nova Scotia Pre-primary Program.

Learn more about the position!

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!

Meet Dr. De-Lawrence Lamptey, Postdoctoral Fellow with the ECCRC at MSVU

Dr. De-Lawrence Lamptey joined our team at the ECCRC in January 2021 and we are so lucky to work with him! Dr. Lamptey received a PhD in Rehabilitation Science from Queen’s University. He has been working on our project studying the impacts of the COVID-19 global pandemic on young children and their families. Learn more here.

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.

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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