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.
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    AECEO Submission on proposed regulatory amendments to the CCEYA

    In responding to the consultation on the proposed regulatory changes to the Child Care and Early Years Act(CCEYA), the AECEO consulted with our members and the early learning and child care (ELCC) sector toraise the voice of ECEs, early years staff, and families and address specific areas of concern identified by theprofession. The AECEO recommends the Ministry of Education: Does not proceed with the following proposed regulatory changes: o A1. Schedule 2 – Requirements for Age Groupings, Ratios, Maximum Group Size, andProportion of Qualified Staff;o A3. Authorized Recreational and Skill Build Programs;o B1. Qualified Employees;o B2. Short-Term Supply Staff; ando B3. Qualification Requirements for Child Care Centre Supervisors Abandon the consideration of an registry of unlicensed home child care providers Instead, we reassert the following recommendations from the consultation period which were not reflected inthe current regulatory posting. The Ministry of Education should: Ensure professional pay and decent work for early childhood educators by enshrining in legislation aprovincial wage scale, a mechanism for ongoing consultation with the EC workforce, an EarlyChildhood Workforce Learning Framework, and enhanced staff:child ratios. Rethink quality by embedding relational and ethical understandings of quality into legislation andincreasing the required number of qualified staff in ELCC programs. Ensure access to culturally relevant pedagogy and programming by legislating recognition and respectfor local and cultural knowledge and pedagogy and ensuring appropriate funding and authority to FirstNations, Inuit and Metis and Francophone communities and programs. Begin to address systemic Anti-Black racism through legislated pre-service and in-service education,anti-racist policies and practice, and a further review of the CCEYA through an Anti-Racist lens asrecommended by the Community of Black ECEs. Develop a comprehensive, interdisciplinary inclusion strategy that adopts the policy recommendationsof the Inclusive Early Childhood Service System Project. Implement base-funding to licensed centre-based care and home child care agencies and introduce amoratorium on new for-profit development as a first step towards a universal child care system.2 The position of the AECEO is informed by consultation with our members and the ECEC sector, facilitatedthrough meetings, email responses, and a community survey of over 2400 educators and families. Click HERE to read our full submission.
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    Week of Action to Stop the Child Care Changes

    This is the last week to share your thoughts on the proposed changes to the Child Care and Early Years Act (CCYEA). We have surveyed the sector, and the results are overwhelming in their opposition to many of the proposed changes. We know that there are many ongoing challenges our sector is facing, but the sector has spoken – this is not the way to address them. The AECEO and OCBCC are holding a Week of Action to #StopTheChildCareChanges. We want to ensure the Ministry hears from you before the consultation period closes. We encourage you to use this opportunity to share your perspective and advocate for our profession and sector.  Monday: Email your submission to the Ministry of Education If you haven’t had the opportunity to email a submission to the Ministry of Education, today is the day. We have created an email template where you can personalize your response. We are asking you to include us by cc-ing ( We are doing this so we can hold the Ministry accountable and to inform our formal submission. You can find the email template HERE Send responses to: Tuesday: Call your MPP! We know that as a regulatory posting, these changes can be passed without a vote. However – we also know that MPP’s will speak up when they know their constituents are opposed to changes or they will have a negative impact on their community. Let’s call our MPPs and let them know what we think of the proposed changes to the CCEYA. Don’t know what to say? We’ve got a template to help you, but remember – your voice, experience, and ideas matter, and you are the best person to speak about how these changes will impact you and your community. To find the phone call template, click HERE To find your MPP, click HERE 12 pm Wednesday: LunchtimeTwitter Storm Let’s take it to social media and remind Premier Ford, Education Minister Lecce, and the public why our sector deserves better than watered down regulations. Please share your story of how these changes will impact you, children, families, and your communities. Be sure to tag us at @AECEO and @ChildCareON and use the hashtags #RisingUpForChildCare and #StopTheChildCareChanges.  For example: @Sflecce + @fordnation – We need you to #StopTheChildCareChanges because (Insert your story here). We are #RisingUpForChildCare with @AECEO + @ChildCareON  Or, @Sflecce + @fordnation – Children, families and educators deserve better than watered down regulations. It's time to #StopTheChildCareChanges and start #RisingUpForChildCare with a national child care system! @AECEO @ChildCareON  Or, @Sflecce + @fordnation – It’s not quality early childhood education without the early childhood educator. It's time to #StopTheChildCareChanges and start #RisingUpForChildCare with #DecentWork for ECEs! @AECEO @ChildCareON Thursday: Share Your Submissions We know many individuals and organizations have made submissions to the consultation on the CCEYA. We also know the report back from the 5-year review on the CCEYA didn’t show the full story. We know many are opposed to these changes, and we need to ensure that this is visible and public. Let’s all share our submissions, through social media and our networks, to show this sector is united and strong. On Twitter please tag us at @AECEO and @ChildCareON and use the hashtags #RisingUpForChildCare and #StopTheChildCareChanges or on Facebook at @AECEOntario and @OCBCC. Friday: Call out to the Minister of Education Education Minister Stephen Lecce needs to hear from you – the people who will be directly impacted by the changes his Ministry is proposing. Let’s make sure, on the last day of the consultation period, he has no doubt about where we stand on the proposed changes. Let’s make sure he hears our collective voice, and he feels our ECE Power. On Friday, let’s all take a few minutes to call Minister Lecce and tell him we are opposed to changes to age ranges/group sizes/ratios and to staff qualifications. Let’s tell him why children, families and educators deserve better. We have a template to support you – but remember, your voices and experiences matter, and they deserve to be heard.  Ministry office: 416-325-2600 Constituency office: 647-560-9700  
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