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.


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.


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

    Imagine Universal Child Care for All

    This amazing new video collaboration from CUPE Ontario, CRRU, AECEO, OCBCC and St. Stephen's Community House child care helps us all imagine what is possible with Universal child care in an Ontario. The video lets us see what universal child care could look like in Ontario. With parent fees significantly reduced so that all families can afford quality early learning and child care; a workforce strategy that improves working conditions for ECEs, and respects all workers in child care and early learning; and a plan to expand not-for-profit child care space and availability. The need for quality, affordable, not-for-profit, and accessible early learning and child care has never been more pressing, and it IS possible!
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    Building Leadership and Learning Communities

    We are very excited to announce that we have been awarded a new 3 year project entitled Building Leadership and Learning Communities.  This project aims to connect, support and empower Early Childhood Educators in Ontario through Communities of Practice: active local networks where ECEs can share their challenges and strengths, create peer and mentorship relationships, and engage in professional learning and advocacy. We will work to develop and support six new Communities of Practice and implement a new professional learning model to reach more educators across the province. Through our Communities of Practice and professional learning experiences, we will strive to support ECEs’ sense of belonging, well-being, professionalism, leadership capacity, pedagogy and practice with children and families. In order to implement this project we are recruiting new team members for the following positions: Project Coordinator Professional Learning Coordinator Community Organizer As part of our ongoing learning and commitment to working within an anti-racist and anti-oppressive framework, the AECEO has committed to the following Anti-racist hiring practices: Public commitment to anti-racist hiring practice in job postings Share job postings on diverse job boards/through networks Create standardized interview questions No social media screening of applicants/candidates Diversity in hiring committee Commitment from hiring committee members to anti-bias and anti-racist hiring If you have any questions about our hiring process, please contact [email protected]
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