January 22, 2016
The Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario supports the Shared Framework for building an early childhood education and care system for all recently released by our national partners in response to the federal government’s commitment to develop a National Early Learning and Child Care Framework.
The Shared Framework was developed by the Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada, Canadian Child Care Federation, Childcare Research and Resource Unit, and Campaign 2000) with significant input from indigenous representatives, policy researchers, early childhood educators and many others, and is addressed to all levels of government across Canada. The AECEO will continue our ongoing collaborative work with federal and provincial partners to support the framework’s shared vision for federal, provincial and territorial governments to use in the building of equitable early childhood education and care for all.
The overarching goal of this campaign is to address the long-standing issue of low and inequitable compensation for early childhood educators (ECEs) in Ontario. We are calling on the government to fund professional pay for all ECEs in Ontario regardless of where they work. Professional pay should reflect ECEs’ specialized training, the value of their work and their participation in continuous professional learning.
No ECE should have to work for less than a professional wage and all ECEs should be recognized for their professional qualifications and practice.
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For more information on the campaign please see http://www.aeceo.ca/professional_pay_for_professional_work
UPDATE! September 10, 2015
Campaign update! Let’s work together to achieve professional pay for professional work!
Today we are heading into the next phase of the Professional Pay for Professional Work campaign with the release of Regional Wage Scales for RECEs Working in Regulated Childcare in Ontario: A Discussion Paper.
This paper provides a platform for discussing regional wage scales as a solution to address the on-going issues around compensation in the regulated childcare sector. In this paper you will find information about what we know about wages in the regulated childcare sector, reasons for establishing wage scales, important principles underlying this work and a proposed framework for developing regional wage scales for RECES working in regulated childcare in Ontario.
UPDATE! February 5, 2015
The AECEO is collecting reactions to the $1 an hour wage enhancement and will be monitoring the implementation of this new grant. We will continue to update this page as more information becomes available.
There are a number of resources on the wage enhancement that you can now access through the Ontario government :
For Immediate Release
AECEO Response to $1 Wage Increase Announcement - Toronto – January 20, 2015
Investing in our child care workforce is essential.
Investing in our child care workforce is essential. Research shows that the quality of early childhood education and care programs is associated with the wages of the workforce and wages are a key factor in the recruitment and retention of trained early childhood educators.
We were therefore encouraged by the provincial government’s announcement to move forward to implement the wage enhancement of $1 per hour for eligible child care staff in the licensed child care sector. The goal of reducing the wage gap between staff in the licensed child care sector and those working in the public education system is laudable. Also to be applauded is recognition of the need to improve wages for the child care workforce while at the same time protecting parent fees.