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.
  • Latest News

    Proposed Regulatory Amendments to CCEYA Released

    On Friday afternoon the Ministry of Education released the Proposed Regulatory Amendments resulting from the 5-year review of the Child Care and Early Years Act. There are a number of problematic proposed changes, including but not limited to proposed changes to age groupings/ratios (p. 3-4) and qualification requirements (p. 7-8) [see below].   We know there are long-standing issues in the child care and early years sector. However, many of these proposed amendments are not in the best interest of children, families, educators, and the future of the sector. They compromise pedagogical integrity, the safety and well-being of children and educators, and fail to acknowledge the important work of ECEs in all their settings. As the OCBCC states, “Expanding access does not have to come at the cost of quality. We continue to call on the Ford government to truly make child care a priority, to work with the federal government to build a publicly funded child care system with decent work for educators and access for all.”   We will use our collective voice to resist these changes. We will continue our thorough review of all the proposed amendments as we write a formal response to the regulatory posting. We will be developing supports and tools for the sector to provide their feedback to the Proposed Regulatory Amendments - look for those later this week.   What would these changes mean for you? We need to hear from you. Our #RisingUp stories have been highlighting the challenges we are experiencing, and showing why Ontario must be a part of a nation child care system that ensures decent work and pay for ECEs. To read the #RisingUp stories, learn how to share your story, and sign the petition visit https://www.childcareontario.org/risingup A. “Flexibility and Responsiveness” A1. Schedule 1- Age Groupings, Ratios, Maximum Group Size, and Proportion of Qualified Staff, which reintroduces the 0-24month (infant), 24 months-5 years (preschool) model. (p. 3-4) A3. Authorized Recreational and Skill Build Programs, which would “allow specified Authorized Recreational and Skill Building Programs to operate for more than three consecutive hours.” (p. 6) (*Important to note, we do not disagree with providing First Nations and Urban Indigenous the legislated right to deliver Indegeous-led programming).   B. “Qualification Requirements” B1. “Qualified Employees” which would allow non-ECE staff to be designated as Qualified Staff in the kindergarten age group, licensed junior school age group or a licensed primary/junior school age group. (p. 7-8) B3. “Qualification Requirements for Child Care Centre Supervisors” which would replace requirements for experience in ‘licensed child care’ with ‘children’s programming/services.’ (p. 9)   Discussion Question #2: Registry of Unlicensed Child Care Providers, to which “the government is seeking feedback about how to support the delivery of child care in such settings” (p. 34) To read the Proposed Regulatory Amendment document visit: https://www.ontariocanada.com/registry/showAttachment.do?postingId=34107&attachmentId=45856   Click HERE to read the AECEO's submission on the 5-year review of the CCEYA.
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    Speech from the Throne

    Today in the Speech From the Throne, the Federal Government announced a commitment to “a significant, long-term, sustained investment to create a Canada-wide early learning and childcare system.” This is a bold statement which shows the power of advocacy and raising our collective voice. We are proud of the work early childhood educators, early years staff and allies have done in the past months to amplify the call for systems change.   But, the work does not end here. We must continue to raise our voices and ensure that the system we create is publicly funded, responsive, inclusive, and has decent work at the core, that educators are cared for, so they can fully engage in the important work they do with children, families, and communities. We are #RisingUpForChildCare and all educators together. https://www.canada.ca/en/privy-council/campaigns/speech-throne/2020/stronger-resilient-canada.html https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/throne-speech-trudeau-address-2020-1.5735325
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