Association Early Childhood Educators Ontario

Provincial Conference 2016

conference_logo_cropped.pngIn 2013 the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care (OCBCC) and the Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario (AECEO) embarked on a project, supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, to “promote the value of licensed child care and trained early childhood educators to communities across Ontario”.

This provincial conference was the culmination of that work. Shaping Our Future aimed to bring together many of the people with whom we have connected through the project as well as welcoming new voices – part of our effort to be constantly widening our reach, expanding our networks and strengthening our connections. Shaping our Future began with the vibrant local innovation and leadership practices that happen daily in ELCC programs across the province – families and early childhood educators coming together to co-create spaces rich in potential. Early learning and child care shapes the future of our communities.

But too often the very people who create that future feel divorced from the politics of early learning and care; we feel frustrated by policy decisions that impact us but over which we feel little control. The Shaping Our Future conference created a space where we could all come together and build our collective power. It’s through leadership and advocacy that we can shape the future of early learning and child care.

This conference was an exciting opportunity to exchange transformative ideas, share skills, learn about current developments and to connect with other professionals, leaders and advocates across our province and beyond. It allowed us to empower one another by acknowledging and celebrating our work, sharing our stories and learning together.

Our keynote speaker, Erika Shaker, delivered an inspiring address that drew upon her wealth of knowledge and experience, as an education researcher, activist and mother. Erika inspired delegates to action and we are excited to make her address available in the fall issue of the AECEO publication, eceLINK, via OCBCC member update, and on our websites.

The conference offered many opportunities to learn about innovative practices around the province through our innovation showcase and informative workshops led by some of Ontario’s leading practitioners and faculty from across Canada.

This conference would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the OCBCC and AECEO’s staff teams and Boards of Directors, volunteers from Algonquin College and the Early Childhood Education Faculty Forum who helped in developing the conference themes, and the talented presenters who made the conference come to life. Special thanks to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for supporting this work.

Post Conference Business:

shaker_button.pngOur keynote speaker Erika Shaker had some thought provoking and inspiring words to share with our delegates.  Erika's speech from our conference will be published in the AECEO eceLINK, via OCBCC member update, and on the OCBCC and AECEO websites. 

Erika Shaker is the Director of Education and Outreach at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Canada’s leading independent progressive think tank. She edits the quarterly popular education journal Our Schools / Our Selves, and researches, writes and speaks on a wide variety of education-related issues including commercialism, privatization, child care, social justice education, poverty, standardized testing, tuition fees and community schools. She also blogs at and can be found on Twitter at @erikashaker

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  • Workshop materials/resources will be made available online next week.  
  • Professional Learning certificates will be issued to all delegates that attended.  Certificates will be sent to the email address used at time of registration.    


 This conference was supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation


Special thanks to our conference partners

Early Childhood Education Faculty Forum


The Future of Early Learning and Child Care is in Our Hands!