As the professional association for early childhood educators in Ontario the AECEO advocates on behalf of ECEs in a variety of ways.
At times, we may engage in overt advocacy through supporting existing early learning and child care campaigns or developing campaigns such as the current Professional Pay for Professional Work campaign.
At other times our advocacy work is more nuanced as we work to engage in conversations around early childhood education and child care policy development, research and practice. The AECEO strives to voice the needs, concerns and rights of early childhood educators in these important discussions that have an impact on the work of early childhood educators in Ontario.
Staff and board members try to attend as many meetings, consultations and community events as possible in order to represent early childhood educators, build partnerships and stay informed on current developments. As well, we use a variety of written formats to include the voice and needs of early childhood educators in these broader conversations and developments. These items include position papers on specific issues, formal responses to government policy and funding developments that impact the work of early childhood educators, as well as informal responses to public conversations such a letter to the editor.
The AECEO works on behalf of all early childhood educators in Ontario, however, membership with the AECEO is voluntary. The collective voice of ECEs will be stronger, louder and more visible as AECEO membership grows.
For current members, please feel free to contact us with your questions, concerns and ideas around advocacy for Ontario’s early childhood educators.
January 27, 2016
AECEO pre-budget submission to the Honourable Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance - Ontario Budget 2016
The AECEO has recommended that the Government of Ontario develop a comprehensive workforce strategy for ECEs in order to address the systemic issues of low wages, inconsistent working conditions, high turnover, and job dissatisfaction that plague early childhood education and care in Ontario.1 By investing in a workforce strategy for ECEs that has clear goals, targets and sustained funding, Ontario will be working toward the important objective of investing in people’s talents and skills that is noted in the four-part economic plan.
January 22, 2016
AECEO RESPONDS TO MINISTER OF EDUCATION’S WAGE GRANT ANNOUNCEMENT
The Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario (AECEO) is pleased that the Minister of Education confirmed in her statement today that the Ontario Government will fulfill its commitment to provide a $1 wage increase for early childhood educators in 2016. This illustrates their awareness of issues related to recruitment, retention and remuneration that continue to impact the sector and demonstrates that efforts are being made to address them.
AECEO Submission to the Gender Wage Gap Strategy Committee
As ECEs, we strongly support the calls from individuals and organizations for a publicly funded, high quality, universal child care system as a key solution to closing the gender wage gap in Ontario. We know firsthand how critical this service is for supporting equal economic and social opportunities for women. We also know the impact that high quality care has on children and their families as a vital support for early childhood development and for strong and healthy communities.
In line with our mandate to advocate on behalf of the ECE profession, our response will focus on how a publicly funded child care system is also key to closing the gender wage gap experienced by early childhood educators (ECEs) and early childhood assistants working within licensed child care (which we will refer to as the child care workforce).
Gender wage gap consultations: OCBCC Backgrounder
Oct 27, 2015
The Ontario government is holding consultations around the province on closing the gender wage gap. Read the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care's backgrounder and get ready to participate.
Women in Ontario earn 31.5% less than men. A publicly funded child care system is key to closing this gender wage gap, both for mothers in the labour force and for the child care workforce that is 97% female. Learn important messages and key facts and figures to help get ready to participate in the government's public town hall sessions.
- Gender Wage Gap: Public Town Hall Meetings. Backgrounder for RECE's, child care workers, parents and supporters
A PUBLICLY FUNDED CHILD CARE SYSTEM IS KEY TO CLOSING THE GENDER WAGE GAP
Joint Statement for Equal Pay Day – April 20, 2015
Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario, Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care, Childcare Resource and Research Unit
Child care has long been acknowledged as a necessary component in closing the gender wage gap in two important ways. First, the lack of affordable, high quality child care continues to limit women’s opportunities to participate in on-going, full-time work. Second, child care is still a firmly entrenched ‘female job ghetto’ in which the predominately female workforce continues to be underpaid and undervalued.
Decades of Canadian and international research have confirmed that ECEC delivered through a market-based system (as is regulated child care in Ontario), one that depends mostly on user fees to cover the cost of services, cannot provide adequate wages and working conditions for the ECEC workforce. Much of this research has concluded that the ECEC workforce actually subsidizes the true cost of these services through their low wages. As the largest item in the budget, compensation and benefits for the staff in a market- based approach to services is the most obvious item to be limited to keep user fees affordable. What this means is that the struggle to increase wages is compromised by the fact that these demands will inherently result in an increase in fees for families. In other words, it is difficult for ECEs to advocate for increased wages when they know it will make the programs in which they work harder to access for the children and families they serve.
New fact sheet from the AECEO and the OCBCC answers some of the initial questions around the $1 per hour wage enhancement for ECEs and other staff in regulated child care programs and licensed private home daycares.
AECEO POSITION STATEMENTS
AECEO RESPONSES TO GOVERNMENT
LETTERS AND MEDIA RELEASES