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 job opportunities.


We share the results of our research in different ways. Please see examples of our recent presentations, posters, 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.



  • 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.


Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Early Childhood

The Early Childhood Collaborative Research Centre (ECCRC) is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Early Childhood.

The successful applicant will report to Dr. Jessie-Lee McIsaac, Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Early Childhood: Diversity and Transitions. The Postdoctoral Fellow will work closely with Dr. McIsaac and complement her research program in early childhood. This position will primarily focus on a research project exploring the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic on families with young children. The Postdoctoral Fellow will work with the team on the ongoing research protocol, support the development of peer-reviewed publications and assist in preparing future grant applications. The Postdoctoral Fellowillw will also be encouraged to conduct independent research and apply for further fellowship awards (e.g., CIHR or SSHRC Fellowships). Teaching is not a requirement of this position but can be pursued beyond the position’s responsibilities.

Given the current global pandemic and limits to travel, an expectation that the successful candidate will be working from home with usual office hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Atlantic time). Mount Saint Vincent University campus access depends on current public health guidance.

Click here for details: ECCRC Postdoc Job Description – Nov Final.


COVID-19 Survey Infographics

Recent findings from our first COVID-19 survey can be found in the form of an infographic! Click here to view the results.


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.


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


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