The Association of Early Childhood Educators of Ontario
(AECEO) is your professional association.


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Mission

Our mission is to build and support a strong collective voice for early childhood educators (ECEs) so they can participate in and influence positive change that benefits ECEs, children, families, and communities.

We are dedicated to ensuring First Nation, Inuit, Métis and Afro-Indigenous educators are positioned to lead the resurgence of Indigenous communities. 

Our work explicitly aims to be anti-racist, anti-oppressive, and inclusive to honour and acknowledge the diverse perspectives and gifts of our community members.

We intentionally acknowledge the unique barriers unrecognized and underserved communities face. Supporting these communities to be architects of the sector is critical to developing a truly inclusive child care system.


Purpose

The Association of Early Childhood Educators of Ontario has been the professional association for ECEs in Ontario for 71 years. We advocate for respect, recognition, and appropriate wages & working conditions for all ECEs. The AECEO serves our members and the ECE community by:

  • Building the capacity and leadership of ECEs to advocate for their profession and the children and families they care for.
  • Participation in advocacy and advisory towards the provincial government and other decision makers to promote the quality of programs through increased recognition and compensation for ECEs.
  • Raising and disseminating ECEs’ questions and concerns arising from new policies and programs and changes to current systems.
  • Collecting, analyzing and circulating relevant policy and research with a particular focus on implications and opportunities for the ECE workforce.
  • Supporting ECEs to connect with each other and to become more knowledgeable about the policies and systems that impact their daily work.
  • Working with partners to advocate for a high quality, publicly funded early childhood education and child care system that serves children from 0 – 12 years old, one that provides professional wages and working conditions for the ECE workforce.

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    September 30th is Orange Shirt Day and the National Day for Truth & Reconciliation. As a community, this is a time for us to learn, unlearn, and critically examine our own practice as we work towards meaningful action on Truth and Reconciliation. The AECEO team understands that discussing colonization and its ongoing harms can be uncomfortable and even scary, especially when talking to young children. It is critical that we listen to the experiences of Survivors and (un)learn the histories of our country and education system in order to disrupt the consequences of ongoing colonialism and systemic injustice in our own pedagogical work.  As educators, we believe that it is our duty to have these uncomfortable conversations with each other, our families and our communities. We hope that talking more openly about “scary”  topics will lead to our feeling comfortable in the discomfort in order to be a catalyst for positive change.                                                                                                                                                          To support you in that process, we are sharing a list of resources our team is using to help you on your own decolonizing journey on Orange Shirt Day and beyond. We also encourage you to read the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action and reflect on the ways you can take action in your pedagogical practice and in your community. Please be advised that the links below touch on topics such as child abuse, family separation, intergenerational trauma and genocide. Videos:  Phyllis Webstad - On Orange Shirt Day [7:07] Residential Schools in Canada: A Timeline  [5:39] Spirit Bear and Children Make History  [26:28]  (English CC) (French CC)             Interactive Resources:  Canada's Residential Schools (Google Earth)   The Witness Blanket This 10 month calendar - following the school year - was created by Kelli Edson Wiebe and Angela Fey to support educators. It highlights Indigenous celebrations and commemorations, and shares the 6 seasons of the Cree & the Anishinaabe moons, free to download and integrate into your program (shared with permission)  Readings:  An Overview of the Indian Residential School System   What Are the Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action & How Are We Working Toward Achieving Them Today?   AECEO Guiding Committee on Truth and Reconciliation - eceLINK articles  Podcasts: Unreserved with Rosanna Deerchild - Making the most of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation [46:19] (2022)   Telling Our Twisted Histories [11 episodes] (2022)   The Henceforward, episode 2 - Reconciliation? [41:07] (2016)     Book Recommendations for Adults:  Seven Fallen Feathers - Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City, by Tanya Talaga Indigenous Writes - A Guide to First Nations, Métis, & Inuit Issues in Canada, by Chelsea Vowel This Place - 150 Years Retold (graphic novel), by Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, Sonny Assu, Brandon Mitchell, et al. Also available in podcast format   Book Recommendations for Children:  Phyllis’s Orange Shirt, by Phyllis Webstad  When We Were Alone, by David A. Robertson & Julie Flett Shi-shi-etko and Shin-chi's Canoe, both by Nicola I. Campbell & Kim La Fave Kookum's Red Shoes, by Peter Eyvindson  Arctic Stories, by Michael Kusugak
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    FAQ: CWELCC for Child Care Centre Boards

    The AECEO, along with the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care and the Toronto Community for Better Child Care, have released an FAQ/information sheet for child care boards. As more information becomes available about the implementation of the agreement, and how it impacts child care in Ontario, we will continue to work closely with our sector partners to support and inform ECEs as we navigate the implementation of the long-awaited system together. Download CWELCC INFORMATION FOR CHILD CARE CENTRE BOARDS
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