Provincial Week of Action October 20-28, 2017

Across Ontario AECEO members and local early childhood communities are gearing up for our first Week of Action to mobilize for Professional Pay & Decent Work for registered early childhood educators (RECEs) and early years staff. 

The AECEO's Professional Pay & Decent Work Campaign has been successfully engaging and organizing hundreds of RECEs, early years staff, parents and community members across Ontario to advocate for quality affordable early years and child care programs where RECEs and staff are well supported with professional pay and decent work. 

Early childhood educators, staff, parents, children and community members can work together to shape the future of Ontario’s early years and child care system. Below are some ways you can participate in the Week of Action!! We will keep you posted as week of action events develop across the province! 

Share your week of action activities on social media with hashtags: #ECEPower, #ECE4DecentWork, #ProfessionalPay, #ChildCareCantWait 

Here are some Week of Action Activities you can take part in..


Community Voices for Decent Work in Early Childhood
Online Webinar
October 23rd, 2017


As part of our campaign this year the AECEO has convened a Task Force, Mobilizing the Early Years Workforce:Community Voices on Decent Work in Early Childhood. 

The Task Force has two key functions:

  1. Develop recommendations to the Ministry of Education's Workforce Strategy 
  2. Develop a Decent Work Charter to support our Shared Vision of Decent Work in the Early Years and Child Care sector

This special webinar will serve as a consultation with our members and the broader Early Years and Child Care sector. Task Force members will present the Decent Work Charter and explain our consultation process. The AECEO and Task Force are prioritizing consultation with the sector so that our recommendations are well informed by RECEs, staff, administrators and sector stakeholders. 

Register here
Download Flyer to post in your program/centre


Pledge cards are a way for people to support and join the AECEO’s Professional Pay and Decent Work Campaign. They are also a way for local groups to recruit new campaign supporters and to engage their community members in conversation about the importance of improved wages and working conditions for RECEs and early years staff. You can use the online version of the pledge card or order the pledge cards in full-colour (they're the same pledge).

Pledge cards can be used for:
  • tables at community events
  • door-to-door canvassing for campaign supporters 
  • group canvassing at local coffee shops, malls and farmers markets
  • engaging with early years and child care programs to engage parents and staff 

Pledge Your Support Online Now!

Sign the online version of pledge to add your support for the Professional Pay & Decent Work campaign (please note that the online pledge card and the full-colour pledge card are the same pledge). 

Order full-colour pledge cards for your next CoP, workshop, staff meeting or community event! Local Professional Pay CoPs and others can order pledge cards to support local actions and to build support for the AECEO's campaign! 

Please complete the order form by October 16th to ensure a timely delivery for the week of action. 

More information about Pledge Cards


The child care story project is an important part of the AECEO’s Professional Pay & Decent Work Campaign. Our goal is to collect and share stories from across the province to highlight the need for quality affordable early years and child care programs where registered early childhood educators and staff are well supported with professional pay and decent work.

Everyone has a child care story to share: we are asking RECEs, early years staff, parents, children and community members to share their child care stories in support of the AECEO’s Professional Pay & Decent Work campaign. 

You can send your completed story to and/or share on social media and be sure to tag the AECEO and your MPP along with Minister Indira Naidoo-Harris @MPPIndiraNH and Premier Kathleen Wynne @Kathleen_Wynne 


Lyndsay MacDonald has created this how-to-share-your-story video for ECEs and anyone who wants to be part of our professional pay & decent work campaign.

More tips on how to Share your Story

Oct 19th & 20th  -  “Open Mic” tell your story

The Standing Committee on Finance is visiting communities for open Pre-Budget Consultations to find out the priorities of Canadians like you. Take this opportunity to tell them your child care story and ensure the federal government knows that affordable, accessible, inclusive child care is your concern.

Participants will have one minute to speak to the committee, on a “first come, first speak” basis. Be creative: tell a personal story, hold a sign or wear a t-shirt, bring your children, share the microphone with your coworkers, friends and neighbours – after all, child care affects all of us.

Windsor, October 19th/Toronto, Oct 20th

More information here

Oct 23rd - ACORN event at City of Toronto Community Development and Recreation Committee Meeting, City Hall

More information will be available soon

October 25th - Early Childhood Educator & Child Care Worker Appreciation Day
Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care (OCBCC)

The Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care's annual appreciation day for RECEs and early years staff falls within our provincial week of action. Local early childhood communities across the province are mobilizing on this day to recognize the socially important and valuable work of RECEs and staff who are the key to quality in early years and child care programs. 
This year’s theme “WE CREATE A BRIGHTER FUTURE” reminds us all of the important role early childhood educators and child care workers play in building strong and supported children, families and communities.

The OCBCC and AECEO will be hosting an MPP breakfast at Queen's Park followed by a press conference to raise the issue of professional pay and decent work for RECEs with our provincially elected representatives. 

Let's Chalk the Walk on October 25th!

Chalk up your centre playgrounds and sidewalks using inspiring messages for ECEs!
Send us your pictures or share them on social media and tag @AECEO using some of our hashtags:

#ECEPower #ECE4DecentWork #ProfessionalPay #ChildCareCantWait

Oct. 23rd, Portraits of Childcare in Thunder Bay

Beginning October 23, 2017 stop by Thunder Bay City Hall to view the exhibit Portraits of Childcare

Portraits of Childcare is a Provincial project of the Ontario Coalition for Better Care (OCBCC) to bring awareness to the significant work “keeping children in the picture” of the Registered ECE’s and Child Care workers in Ontario. 

October 25th, Raising the flag for ECE and Childcare Workers

Join your local community member for a flag raising ceremony in honour of all ECE and Childcare Workers. 
The Ceremony will begin at 10am at City Hall.

If you attend, please take pics and share! 

Key Messages

Use these campaign messages by sharing them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.



Our Campaign Took Kit was created to support local Professional Pay Communities of Practice, early years and child care programs, individual RECEs/staff/parents and ECE students as they engage in campaign actions.

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