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.
  • Latest News

    eceLINK Fall 2019 Now available online

    Fall issue of the eceLINK! The AECEO Board, Editorial Committee and staff are very excited to present the Fall issue of the eceLINK magazine.  In this issue:  AECEO News Looking Back, Moving Forward - A reflection on the 2019 National Conference Decent Work Campaign: Charter endorsement request No More Baby Steps: Political Insights from the 2019 Election for Moving Child Care Policy Forward in Ontario  Peer Reviewed Collection                                 Hidden Messages: Barriers Toward Professional Recognition              The (Not) Good Educator: Reconceptualizing the Image of the Educator  For this issue, the full publication is being made available to the public. We would like to thank the following advertisers for helping to support this issue of the eceLINK: ECE Qualifications Upgrade Program Johnson Insurance School Specialty
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    AECEO Analysis - Decent Work and Early Years in the Federal Platforms

    The Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario is a non-profit, charitable organization, which acts on behalf of its members. As such, we have a vested interest in considering the potential implications of policy decisions from the position of our members. We are, as a charitable organization, a non-partisan group. In this way, we do not favour one party over another, nor promote a party or encourage our members to vote a particular way. We do consider and analyze the party platforms with the best interests of our members and the child care sector as per AECEO’s mission and purpose, and share this information within our networks. This information is to encourage thoughtful consideration and meaningful dialogue in the pre-election period, and ultimately informed voting decisions. The following charts highlight the child care and early years platforms of the Green Party, Liberal Party, NDP, PC Party, and People's Party as of October 2, 2019.
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