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
October 23rd, 2017
HAVE YOUR VOICE HEARD!
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:
- Develop recommendations to the Ministry of Education's Workforce Strategy
- 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.
PLEDGE CARD CANVASING
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
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.
SHARE YOUR STORY
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 email@example.com 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.
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 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.
Chalk up your centre playgrounds and sidewalks using inspiring messages for ECEs!
#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!
CAMPAIGN TOOL KIT
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.