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  • AECEO's Decent Work Task Force Calls for $25/hr minimum for all RECEs in Ontario

    The Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario (AECEO) has been leading the charge to improve wages and working conditions for Registered Early Childhood Educators (RECEs) and staff in Ontario.The AECEO’s Decent Work Task Force delivers our workforce strategy recommendations to the provincial government today - November 30th 

    We are calling for a commitment from the Ontario government to bring all RECEs up to $25/hr to reflect their level of education and the value of their work.

    Read the full report here.

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  • Transforming Work in Ontario's Early Years and Child Care Sector

    Workforce Strategy Recommendations

    Prepared by the AECEO's Decent Work Task Force

    Download the full report here


    Our vision is for all of Ontario’s children and families to have access to quality affordable early years and child care programs where registered early childhood educators (RECEs) and staff are well supported with professional pay and decent work. This vision is founded on the assumption that early childhood education and care (ECEC) is a public good and a human right, not a commodity.

    The following policy recommendations focus on advancing the early childhood profession as one of the key supports in expanding access to early years and child care programs in Ontario while also enhancing quality. The Task Force acknowledges that RECEs work in a wide variety of programs that support young children and families, with this in mind we endeavoured to develop recommendations with a broad sector lens. The recommendations aim to inform the Ministry of Education’s workforce strategy that was announced in Ontario’s Renewed Early Years and Child Care Policy Framework.

     Summary of Recommendations

    1. Develop a new base funding approach to early years and child care programs in Ontario that will ensure quality, affordability and access. A new system of base funding will include substantial increases to operational funding to keep services affordable while ensuring professional compensation, good working conditions and supports for registered early childhood educators (RECEs) and early years staff.
    2. Implement a provincial wage scale with a $25/hr minimum for RECEs and a benefit package, including paid sick and personal leave days, for registered early childhood educators. The wage scale must inform base funding, while recognizing the level of education and years of experience for RECEs and staff in accordance with pay equity principles. In the interim, maintain and immediately extend the Wage Enhancement Grant/Home Child Care Enhancement grant to establish a minimum wage of $25/hr for all RECEs.
    3. Develop and implement an Early Childhood Workforce Learning Framework which will enable such quality-related staff supports as paid time for professional learning and expanded opportunities for acquiring and upgrading qualifications.
    4. Create practitioner roles and identify educational requirements alongside a career ladder that will strengthen program quality while formally recognizing the value of credentials and experience. This initiative will support the recruitment and retention of registered early childhood educators and a greater incentive to make ECEC a life-long career.
    5. Change the positions of full-time Designated Early Childhood Educators working in the publicly-funded school systems to year-round and salaried status with compensation commensurate with other full time educators in the public education systems.
    6. Commission an external review of the Full-Day Kindergarten educator team and classroom conditions to inform future planning and development.


  • posted about Professional EMP on Facebook 2015-07-27 11:36:40 -0400
    Just renewed my membership to the Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario @aeceo

    Professional EMP

    Professional EMP Membership is open to any individual with credentials recognized for registration with the College of Early Childhood Educators (CECE).

    Are you in your first year of registration with the College of Early Childhood Educators? If so there is a special AECEO membership category called 1st Year Professional that carries a lower fee for your first year of practice. If this applies to you - please click the link below "For all other membership categories" and join as a 1st year professional.


    For all other membership categories, click here.....

    Electronic Membership Program (EMP) Members receive via email Membership ID and receipt.

    Members receive e-bulletins via email and access quarterly eceLINK and members-only content on the professional portal area of website. The Electronic Membership Program* offers substantial savings due to reduced mail and print costs.

    Please note* AECEO membership is not registration with the College of Early Childhood Educators. To renew or apply for your RECE registration please visit the College of ECE website 


  • donated 2015-01-16 11:09:41 -0500

    We Need YOU!

    $4,156.11 raised
    GOAL: $10,000.00

    The AECEO launched the Professional Pay for Professional Work campaign last year and we need your support to help build the momentum we have already started.  We want to visit as many communities as possible to engage ECE professionals, employers and local government in discussions on improving ECE wages. 

    This will only be possible with your help. 

    Click here for more information on our Professional Pay for Professional Work Campaign

    If you would like to send in your donation by mail, please download the donation form here