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

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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.


The Association of Early Childhood Educators of Ontario has been the professional association for ECEs in Ontario for 71 years. Its primary purpose is to 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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    Open letter on child care safety and viability

    Today, along with over 50 organizations and individuals, we are releasing an open letter calling for immediate and concrete action to support the safety and viability of licensed child care programs in Ontario. We need a provincial plan to make our young children’s care as safe as possible and to prevent the collapse of the child care sector. Reinstate eligibility for publicly-funded PCR tests to include children, families, Early Childhood Educators, child care providers and staff; Recommence COVID-19 case reporting in the child care sector; Increase financial support to licensed child care programs to ensure recruitment and retention of qualified staff; Provide 10 permanent paid sick days to support child care workers and families with mandatory isolation periods; Take responsibility for the health and safety of families and workers by clearly guiding operators facing cohort dismissals due to positive COVID-19 test results in their programs. To read the open letter: You can sign on to support the open letter here: This is the second in a series of initiatives to draw attention to the child care crisis in Ontario. Together we can make a difference.
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    Day of Action for Child Care - Jan 20th

    On January 20th we held the first in a series of Child Care Days of Action to demand that the Ontario government immediately act to protect this vital sector. The child care community and allies from across Ontario flooded Premier Ford’s phone line with calls about child care, demanding that the Ontario government: Reinstate PCR testing and reporting in child care; Increase financial support to child care; Provide adequate and ongoing supply of PPE; Legislate 10 permanent paid sick days; and Sign the $10 a day child care agreement. This phone blitz was just the first in a series of escalating actions as we draw attention to the child care crisis in Ontario.   We thank the many people from all over the province who participated in the Child Care Day of Action.
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