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

    New Report: Revisiting From Reopening to Recovery

    In May we released “From Reopening to Recovery: A Child Care Plan for Ontario”, which included 27 recommendations for the Ontario government. Our plan and its recommendations aimed to keep children, educators and families safe, maintain confidence in the licensed child care system, and ensure stability in the sector. In June the Ontario government announced a reopening plan for the child care sector that roundly ignored this advice. Now, two months after the province announced child care centres could reopen, only approximately half of Ontario’s child care centres have done so. We continue to hear from educators and operators across the province who feel ignored, undervalued, isolated and confused. Yet throughout the pandemic meaningful and caring pedagogical programs continue to exist; they are making the most of a difficult situation and are making it work. They are doing this in spite of inadequate policy and funding. Imagine what would be possible if educators in every program were well supported. Imagine what would be possible for children and families if the early years system in Ontario was well-funded and well-managed. In this new report, we revisit our recommendations from Reopening to Recovery, review the government’s response and (in)action on each topic, discuss current issues, and update our recommendations. From Reopening to Recovery
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    From Reopening to Recovery: Where are we now?

    Thanks to all who joined us on August 11, 2020 for our Webinar From Reopening to Recovery: Where are we now? If you were not able to join us, the following materials were introduced/noted in the webinar. Keep an eye out for the new report Revisiting "Reopening to Recovery": A Child Care Plan for Ontario (will be posted here), and share with your colleagues and networks. You can find the powerpoint slides here. You can access the Campaign Tool-kit here. You can reach out join an AECEO Community of Practice here: Toronto: or email Kitchener/Waterloo: visit Ottawa: or email Sudbury: visit Thunder Bay: visit Community of Black ECEs: or email Calls to action: Share Revisiting "Reopening to Recovery": A Child Care Plan for Ontario when it's released Join a local Community of Practice (see above) for the Provincial Day of Action with $15 and Fairness and Decent Work and Health Network on August 29th Follow Ontario Parent Action Network, Ontario Families for Public Education, and Ontario Education Workers United for provincial actions on school reopening and a #SafeSeptember Read their demands: Upcoming: Order materials and stay tuned for actions related to Early Childhood Educator and Child Care Worker Appreciation Day:    
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