Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario

“I’m more than ‘just’ an ECE”: Decent work from the perspective of Ontario's early childhood workforce

October 26, 2016

A new report from the Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario highlights issues faced by the workforce. The report – “I’m more than ‘just’ an ECE”: Decent work from the perspective of Ontario's early childhood workforce – reports on consultations with educators and child care staff across Ontario. Through this project we have identified that there is a widening ‘early childhood professionalization gap,’ whereby the expectations of early childhood educators are increasing while wages and working conditions are stagnant.

Please read and share the AECEO report with your colleagues and networks. Together, we can raise our collective voice and urge the Ontario government to build a real system of early learning and child care, one that provides professional pay and decent work for early childhood professionals.

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The Professional Pay for Professional Work campaign was officially launched following a very well attended forum on the issue of compensation for the early childhood workforce held at our 2013 provincial conference in Toronto. Since then the campaign has developed engagement materials, discussion papers and professional learning opportunities that can be used by early childhood educators, early years staff and students to advocate for professional pay and recognition for ECEs in Ontario. 

This year, with the support of the Atkinson Foundation and the assistance of our partners, the Atkinson Centre for Society and Child Development and the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care, we have embarked on an exciting project to take our Professional Pay for Professional Work campaign to the next level by amplifying the voices and participation of early childhood educators in the movement for Decent Work.

Through the Professional Pay for Professional Work campaign and our Decent Work project the AECEO together with our partners and allies are working to address the ‘professionalization gap’ in Ontario's early learning sector where the expectations and responsibilities of ECEs have increased through legislative and regulatory changes with very little improvement to wages and working conditions.

No ECE should have to work for less than a professional wage and all ECEs should be recognized for their professional qualifications and practice.

Learn more about our campaign and find out how you can get involved! 

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