DecentWorkFundamentalsF.pngOntario Early Childhood Sector Decent Work Charter

The Ontario Early Childhood Sector Decent Work Charter has been developed by the Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario (AECEO) Decent Work Taskforce as one of the components to mobilizing a collective effort to achieve greater recognition and improved compensation and working conditions for those employed in the sector.

The primary purpose of this Charter is to promote a vision for decent work within organizational cultures in the early childhood sector (child care, child and family programs, licenced home child care, full-day kindergarten, etc). This requires organizations to commit to pursuing the development of high quality jobs and the structures, policies and practices to support organizations and individuals in implementing the principles that contribute to decent work. 

When organizations commit to the principles of decent work, they are creating quality workplace environments that will in turn support the foundations that underpin individual, family and community well-being. These include the economic and social structures that promote improved child outcomes.

Values to Guide Our Action

While the Four Foundations for Learning in Ontario’s pedagogical document, How Does Learning Happen? is aimed to guide the work of professionals in their work with children and families, we believe that these four foundations are also aligned with the value of the workforce itself;

BELONGING: Recognition of staff as valued professionals          

WELL BEING: Professional Pay/Compensation

ENGAGEMENT: Professional Learning                      

EXPRESSION: Quality work environments   

Defining Decent Work

Recognition of staff as valued professionals: Commitment to establish and maintain structures and resources internally and externally that recognize the critical role early childhood staff perform in the delivery of quality programs.

Professional Pay/Compensation: Commitment to establish and maintain strategies to provide professional pay for professional work. 

Professional Learning: Commitment to establish and maintain structures and resources to support early childhood professionals in all aspects of ongoing professional learning.

Quality work environments: Commitment to establish and maintain structures and resources that promote belonging, inclusion, diversity, well-being, engagement and expression in the work environment.

As an early childhood sector employer/organization we are signing this charter to confirm our commitment to advancing policy reforms needed to improve working conditions for all. We recognize the principles of decent work as integral to achieving quality programs and services for children and their families.

As leaders in our communities we will champion practices that promote and sustain decent work, and will join with our community partners, sector networks, associations, policymakers and funders to generate collective actions that expand decent working conditions. 

We are asking programs and organizations to officially endorse the Charter below or by emailing their endorsement to info@aeceo.ca

Print a copy and showcase at your Centre/Organization that you've endorsed the Charter (fillable form)

Supporting Documents

Individuals can support the campaign by Pledging their support here

Who's endorsing

Lynn Thacker Miss Lynn ‘s Stuff 68
Christa Flatley Thames Valley District School Board
Lauren Monaghan
Juliet Purnell Closer to Home Child Care Centre
Jacqueline Cook Child Development Resource Connection Peel
Wendy Murphy
Cathy Turalinski Child care solutions
katie precoor
Nancy Mosey Denison Child Care Services
Cindy Green Cindy M Green Associates
Mike Harkins London Bridge Child Care Services Inc.
Vivian McCaffrey Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario
Christine Helgerman St. John's Christian Nursery School
Morna Ballantyne Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada
Linda Driscoll Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre
Jackman Community Daycare Donna Spreitzer
Martha Friendly Childcare Resource and Research Unit
Sophia Mohamed George Brown College Advocates for Early Childhood Education
Debbi Sluys Growing Together Family Resource Centre
Sheila Olan-MacLean Compass Early Learning and Care
Sherry Fournier Child & Community Resources
Marilyn Santaguida Comunity of Maple Child Care Services
Joan Arruda Family Day Family Day
rose mancini Caring For Kids - The Centre
Jenn Wallage Waterloo Region DECE Local (ETFO)

61 endorsements

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  • Lynn Thacker
    Miss Lynn ‘s Stuff 68 endorsed 2017-11-30 11:36:20 -0500
  • Christa Flatley
    Thames Valley District School Board endorsed 2017-11-30 10:37:52 -0500
  • Lauren Monaghan
    endorsed 2017-11-30 10:21:23 -0500
  • Juliet Purnell
    Closer to Home Child Care Centre endorsed 2017-11-24 11:20:42 -0500
    Sharing in the vision.
  • Jacqueline Cook
    Child Development Resource Connection Peel endorsed 2017-11-23 09:13:43 -0500
  • Wendy Murphy
    endorsed 2017-11-13 18:14:53 -0500
    endorced
  • Cathy Turalinski
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-11-10 13:12:52 -0500
    We've just endorsed the Ontario Early Childhood Sector Decent Work Charter! Please join us!
  • Cathy Turalinski
    Child care solutions endorsed 2017-11-10 13:12:20 -0500
  • katie precoor
    endorsed 2017-11-10 09:13:31 -0500
  • Nancy Mosey
    Denison Child Care Services endorsed 2017-11-09 18:44:31 -0500
  • Cindy Green
    Cindy M Green Associates endorsed via 2017-11-09 17:46:46 -0500
    I’m in!
  • Mike Harkins
    London Bridge Child Care Services Inc. endorsed 2017-11-09 15:51:44 -0500
  • Vivian McCaffrey
    Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario endorsed 2017-11-09 11:37:57 -0500
  • Christine Helgerman
    St. John's Christian Nursery School endorsed 2017-11-09 09:03:40 -0500
  • Morna Ballantyne
    Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada endorsed 2017-11-09 01:01:46 -0500
  • Linda Driscoll
    Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre endorsed 2017-11-08 21:22:42 -0500
  • Jackman Community Daycare Donna Spreitzer
    endorsed 2017-11-08 18:43:13 -0500
  • Martha Friendly
    Childcare Resource and Research Unit endorsed via 2017-11-07 19:10:29 -0500
  • Sophia Mohamed
    George Brown College Advocates for Early Childhood Education endorsed 2017-11-05 00:06:10 -0400
  • Debbi Sluys
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-11-01 10:39:53 -0400
    We've just endorsed the Ontario Early Childhood Sector Decent Work Charter! Please join us!
  • Debbi Sluys
    @ tweeted link to this page. 2017-11-01 10:39:49 -0400
    We've just endorsed the Ontario Early Childhood Sector Decent Work Charter! Please join us! http://www.aeceo.ca/ontario_early_childhood_sector_decent_work_charter?recruiter_id=5697
  • Debbi Sluys
    Growing Together Family Resource Centre endorsed via 2017-11-01 10:39:01 -0400
  • Sheila Olan-MacLean
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-10-31 12:04:02 -0400
    We've just endorsed the Ontario Early Childhood Sector Decent Work Charter! Please join us!
  • Sheila Olan-MacLean
    @solanmaclean tweeted link to this page. 2017-10-31 12:03:51 -0400
    We've just endorsed the Ontario Early Childhood Sector Decent Work Charter! Please join us! http://www.aeceo.ca/ontario_early_childhood_sector_decent_work_charter?recruiter_id=2123
  • Sheila Olan-MacLean
    Compass Early Learning and Care endorsed 2017-10-31 11:58:36 -0400
    Last night I presented the Ontario Early Childhood Sector Decent Work Charter to our Board of Directors. They unanimously endorsed it and signed copies individually. Thank you so much for this document that will remind us all of the many aspects of decent work for people working in the Early Childhood field.
  • Sherry Fournier
    Child & Community Resources endorsed 2017-10-30 15:01:02 -0400
    Congratulations AECEO!

    On behalf of the CCR team we thank you for your leadership.

    CCR is proud to support the Ontario Early Childhood Sector Decent Work Charter today and for years to come.
  • Marilyn Santaguida
    Comunity of Maple Child Care Services endorsed 2017-10-26 12:29:02 -0400
  • Joan Arruda Family Day
    Family Day endorsed 2017-10-26 10:24:51 -0400
    The Family Day board of Directors endorsed the The Ontario Early Childhood Sector Decent Work Charter at our board meeting yesterday evening.
  • rose mancini
    Caring For Kids - The Centre endorsed 2017-10-25 15:56:37 -0400
  • Jenn Wallage
    Waterloo Region DECE Local (ETFO) endorsed 2017-10-23 20:22:15 -0400