Professional Learning for ECEs

Professional learning activities accessed by early childhood educators range from single or multi-session workshops to educational and professional credentials such as certificates, diplomas and degrees (link to ECE programs). Professional learning activities are currently being delivered by a host of various organizations and institutions in the province. Many regions have resource centres, as either stand-alone organizations or as part of larger institutions, that coordinate the provision of professional learning and/or provide access to professional learning calendars.

Our list of professional learning opportunities provides web links and contact information to regional resource centres and training institutions that can connect you to professional learning opportunities in your community.

Our professional learning calendar provides information about AECEO sponsored events, workshops and community meetings.

The following is a list of organizations that offer professional learning and development opportunities for individuals working in Early Learning and Care. 


City Wide Training - Humber College

Toronto (GTA)

To create a comprehensive professional development system, that will evolve and build capacity in the Toronto child care community to meet the changing needs of all children with extra support needs and their families. This will be achieved through ongoing collaboration with community stakeholders, both within and external to childcare, and will reflect changes in current practice that will benefit children, families and child care professionals.


Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute Inc.

CTRI is a leading provider of training and consulting services for individuals, school, communities and organizations affected by or involved in working with issues of crisis and trauma. 


Reaching IN...Reaching OUT (RIRO) Resiliency Skills Training for service providers and
Bounce Back & Thrive! (BBT) Resiliency Skills Training for parents are Canada's only evidence-based programs for teaching resiliency thinking and coping skills to children under 8 years. We reach young children by training professionals and parents to model and share the skills with the children in their lives.


The Hanen Centre 

Toronto (GTA) More than 35 years ago, The Hanen Centre began its work with a focus on early language intervention for children with language delays. It has since developed three other areas of expertise, each concerned with promoting the communication development of a particular group of children with specific needs.


Early Childhood Community Development Centre (ECCDC)

Niagara Region - The Early Childhood Community Development Centre is a professional resource and referral organization working to help early learning and care professionals achieve their goals by offering resources, training, and supports and helping employers and parents gain information about early learning and child care choices in Niagara. It is committed to strengthening early learning and care because it contributes to the healthy development of children, the wellness of families and the prosperity of Niagara.


Child Development Resource Connection Peel

Peel Region- Child Development Resource Connection Peel connects community and practitioners with the information, resources, training and services that promote quality family life.


The Early Childhood Professional Resource Centre (ECPRC)

Waterloo Region - ECPRC is designed to successfully meet and respond to the diverse human resource needs of the early learning and child care system. It will provide educational resources such as: books, media, articles, reference materials, toys and on-site equipment to support the early learning and care professional in action. Monthly workshops and networking opportunities are offered to build strong community ties and support professional development. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff are ready to help and support your professional needs. We can help you select the right materials for your research or your classroom.


The Canadian Association of Family Resource Programs 

Ottawa Region


Affiliated Services for Children and Youth

Hamilton Region - Since ASCY began in October of 1994, it has grown to become a well integrated and highly utilized component of the early learning and child care community in Hamilton.



Province Wide - The Best Start Resource Centre: Ontario's Maternal Newborn and Early Child Development Resource Centre is a key program of Health Nexus,  a bilingual health promotion organization that works with diverse partners to build healthy, equitable and thriving communities. The Best Start Resource Centre supports service providers who work in preconception health, prenatal health and early child development.


Brant Early Years Community

Brant Region - The Brant Early Years Community offers a variety of services and supports to young children and their families and caregivers. Whether you are currently a resident of Brant or are planning on moving to the area, this site can help you find what is available to support you in your role as a parent, caregiver, or educator.


The Early Years Education Ontario Network (EYEON)

Peel Region - The Early Years Education Ontario Network (EYEON) consists of a group of professionals who work on behalf of children from prenatal to age eight and their families. The goals of this network include enhancing the professional learning of those in the early years field, bringing together early years research and educational practice, and sharing knowledge to create positive change.


Infant Mental Health Promotion (IMHP)

Toronto (GTA) - Infant Mental Health Promotion (IMHP) is an independently run, not for profit organization operating within the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto. The goal of IMHP is to promote the development of infants (0-3) through education, information dissemination, networking and advocacy.


London Bridge Child Care Services

London Region


The Canadian Association of Family Resource Programs

Ottawa Region - FRP Canada promotes the well-being of families by providing national leadership, consultation and resources to those who care for children and support families


Family Supports Institute Ontario

Toronto - The Family Supports Institute Ontario exists to advance the well-being of families as seen through the lens of The Guiding Principles of Family Support.This will be accomplished using the tools of Innovative Research, Promotion of Family-Friendly Public Policy, Reciprocal Capacity Building, and Parent Engagement.


The Halton Resource Connection

Halton Region - The Halton Resource Connection (THRC) works in partnership with individuals and organizations who serve the interests of children and youth within the Halton community, providing curriculum resources, services, equipment, and professional development which enhance the quality of care.


Canadian Child Care Federation



Milton Community Resource Centre

Halton Region - The creative and innovative leadership of MCRC with the Halton community will develop and deliver services to inspire and support children, their families and professionals.


Our Kids Network

Halton Region - Our Kids Network is a Halton-wide partnership of organizations and agencies serving children and youth.


Child and Family Collaborative

Child & Family Collaborative (CFC) was established by and for the community of professionals in York Region who provide early development and child care services to children aged prenatal to twelve. Committed to principles of prevention and education, CFC creates proactive opportunities for professional development, life-long learning, research, early intervention and investment in the early years – all aimed at improving early development and child care services for children aged prenatal to twelve and their families in York.