Kathleen Matharoo is a Registered Early Childhood Educator from Kitchener who works at an Ontario Early Years Child and Family Centre. She is passionate about family support programs and her role in supporting children, families and communities but also feels undervalued because RECEs in family supports are not eligible for the $2 Wage Enhancement Grant.
Shona Mills is a Registered Early Childhood Educator from Burlington. Her story outlines the impact of being unable to afford child care as a single parent and how the $2 wage grant roll out’s effect on the RECEs she knew motivated her to create an advocacy group to use her voice to create change.
Tracy Dore is an RECE from Ginoogaming First Nation. Tracy shares her concerns about the children of her small community, and desires of providing them with the quality care and education they need and deserve.
Shana Kealey is a single parent living in Scarborough. Her story details her struggles of not being able to find accessible, affordable child care. Shana took to Social media to create awareness for the lack of child care in her community that resulted in Toronto Children's Services reaching out to find her a space after 4000 views of her video. She has continued to advocate for affordable child care across Toronto. Shana joined our Building Skills for Change workshop in Toronto and shared with ECEs in the importance of sharing your story to advocate for change.
The child care story project is an important part of the AECEO’s Professional Pay & Decent Work Campaign. Our goal is to collect and share stories from across the province to highlight the need for quality affordable early years and child care programs where registered early childhood educators and staff are well supported with professional pay and decent work
Our first video is from Carolyn Ferns. Carolyn first started her career as an ECE working in an infant/toddler room when she realized that there was an overwhelming amount of families unable to afford licensed child care and that the ECE profession was extremely underpaid. Carolyn then decided to return to school to further her career in ECE research so that she could make a change.
Everyone has a child care story to share: we are asking RECEs, early years staff, parents, children and community members to share their child care stories in support of the AECEO’s Professional Pay & Decent Work campaign.
You can send your completed story to firstname.lastname@example.org and/or share on social media and be sure to tag the AECEO and your MPP along with Minister Indira Naidoo-Harris @MPPIndiraNH and Premier Kathleen Wynne @Kathleen_Wynne
Professional Pay and Decent Work Campaign Support Pledge
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AECEO Coordinator Lyndsay Macdonald has created this how-to-share-your-story video for ECEs and anyone who wants to be part of our professional pay & decent work campaign.
Professional Pay and Decent Work Action page!
The AECEO and our Task Force present the Ontario Early Childhood Sector Decent Work Charter.
The AECEO's Professional Pay & Decent Work Campaign has been successfully engaging and organizing hundreds of RECEs, early years staff, parents and community members across Ontario to advocate for quality affordable early years and child care programs where RECEs and staff are well supported with professional pay and decent work.
Early childhood educators, staff, parents, children and community members can work together to shape the future of Ontario’s early years and child care system. Below are some ways you can participate in the Week of Action!! We will keep you posted as week of action events develop across the province!
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.
We've created a Campaign Tool Kit to support local communities and their members as they engage in campaign actions.Read more
This video features prominent leaders from community organizations that are advocating for equal pay and decent work for all early childhood educators and worker's in Ontario, including the AECEO, Equal Pay Coalition, the Atkinson Centre, and the Workers Action Centre.
This video answers the questions: What is decent work? How does decent work impact early childhood educator practice? What are the elements of decent work? How can early childhood educators join the movement for decent work in Ontario?
Video by Subeda Sheekhnur, ECE Student, George Brown College Early Childhood Leadership Degree ProgramRead more
AECEO Launches Professional Pay & Decent Work Campaign Tool Kit
The AECEO's Professional Pay & Decent Work Campaign has been successfully engaging and organizing hundreds of RECEs, early years staff, parents and community members in Ontario. This Campaign Tool Kit will support local Professional Pay Communities of Practice, early years and child care programs, individual RECEs/staff/parents and ECE students as they engage in campaign actions. As the campaign continues to grow we will add more tool kit items to support actions and engagement across the province.
Early childhood educators, staff, parents, children and community members can work together to shape the future of Ontario’s early years and child care system.
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