The Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario (AECEO) is your professional association. Membership supports a strong, united voice for ECEs in our province. Click here to become a member.

Mission

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.

Purpose

The AECEO is the professional association for ECEs and its primary purpose is to advocate for respect, recognition and appropriate wages and 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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    Week of Action October 18-22

    This year's Week of Action will feature many exciting community building and advocacy activities! Monday Oct 18: Nominate an ECE Hero Who is YOUR child care hero? Nominate an ECE or child care worker hero for a chance to win prizes for them and yourself! The AECEO and OCBCC are partnering to recognize and celebrate our child care heroes for Early Childhood Educator and Child Care Worker Appreciation Day on October 21st. Child care heroes are plentiful in the sector and this year, we invite you to share your experiences of these real life heroes. Please tell us what makes them a hero to you, whether it be providing moral support, being flexible with programming, or a special talent that brings strength to everyone around them, we want to hear about their impact. *Winners will be selected at random (5 nominees, 5 nominators) to receive $50 gift cards and announced on October 22nd. Nomination Form Tuesday Oct 19: Heroes Rising Up Virtual Rally and Action 7-8:30 pm Join educators, advocates and allies for an evening to celebrate ECE heroes! We will hear and share stories from ECE's, celebrate and show our gratitude for the work of ECEs in the last year, and participate in a phone zap together to press for positive change for our sector! All Rally attendees will be entered in a door prize draw for Appreciation Prizes! Registration Phone Zap Script  (can be used anytime to phone zap your representative) Wednesday Oct 20: Email your MPP Email your Member of Provincial Parliament to call on them to support a national child care agreement and the AECEO/OCBCC Roadmap to Universal Child Care in Ontario. Find your MPP here, and their email address here. Copy and paste the email letter template into your own document. Thursday Oct 21: Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day!! Visit the OCBCC's website for downloadable Appreciation Certificates, tips for celebrating the day, pdf versions of the poster and social media shareables. Friday October 22: Prize draws for ECE Hero winners! (See Monday's action) 5 nominees and 5 nominators will each receive $50 gift cards drawn at random and announced on October 22nd!
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    National Day of Truth and Reconciliation

    Today the AECEO is acknowledging and honouring the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day by committing time throughout the day to learning, unlearning, and critically examining our own work to continue to be better allies and take action on Truth and Reconciliation. We are grateful for the guidance of many Indigenous organizations on how to spend the day in a good way. As educators, we must hear the truth of the experiences of Survivors, it is our responsibility to learn the history of our country and education system. In our pedagogical work with young children and families we must work to disrupt the consequences of that history and of ongoing colonialism and systemic injustice. We invite you to explore these resources as you consider how to spend your time and take action towards Truth and Reconciliation: Visit the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society to view resources and action ideas. Their film, Spirit Bear and Children Make History, is being offered for free from September 27-October 1st, 2021. Visit the Orange Shirt Day website. Learn about the history of the day, Phyllis’s story, and access some resources to help you honour the day with children. If you haven’t yet, read the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action. As you read the Calls to Action, reflect on where you can take action as an ECE and community member. Take time to listen to the stories of Survivors. You can read their stories in The Survivors Speak, A Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. You can also visit the Downie Wenjack Foundation to read more about their online discussion and resources to support you in honouring the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day. And finally, we welcome you to read eceLINK articles that were contributed by the AECEO Guiding Committee on Truth and Reconciliation.
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