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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.
TOOL KIT ITEMS:
Indira Naidoo-Harris, Ontario’s minister responsible for early learning and child care, says the province’s recent Changing Workplaces Review, which recommends an increase to the minimum wage, 10 paid sick days and a three-week paid vacation, is “good for child care workers, good for children and good for families.”
About one-quarter of registered early childhood educators in the province earn less than $15 an hour, notes Lyndsay Macdonald of the Association of Early Childhood Educators of Ontario, which supported the recent Fight for $15 campaign to boost the minimum wage.
“The province definitely has to step up and define for municipalities how this should be addressed,” she said.
On Wednesday, June 21, 2017, more than 150 teachers, education workers, parents, and other concerned community members rallied on the steps of the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) office to call on Board officials and Trustees to address the growing concern of inequitable Full-Day Kindergarten (FDK) class sizes.
Read more from Elementary Teachers of Toronto
eceLINK Spring 2017
Decent work for Ontario’s Early Childhood Workforce must be a pillar of the government’s plan to build a better future for children and families in Ontario. ECEs, parents, and government have a common goal: high quality care and education for our youngest learners. As research shows, ECEs and sta are key to quality. Ensuring better wages and working conditions that support educators to provide high quality care and education must be the foundation upon which we build a better future for everyone in our province.
"Over the past 30 years there have been a number of initiatives in Ontario aimed at increasing wages for the early childhood education and child care (ECEC) workforce working in regulated child care centres and regulated home child care. In this article we will look back at what has been done to improve wages for the ECEC workforce in Ontario and examine how e ective these initiatives have been for achieving professional wages. Recent changes to the provincial child care funding formula and the $1 per hour wage increase for some staff working in the regulated child care sector will also be analyzed. A concluding discussion about where we are now and how we might begin to move forward will identify some critical points for addressing the chronic issue of the regulated child care workforce’s low wages."