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

    eceLINK Spring/Summer 2019 Now available online

    In this issue:  AECEO welcomes Erin Filby Call For Articles for Fall 2019 issue AECEO Executive Coordinator’s Update Decent Work Campaign FAQs Education Consultations: Kindergarten Classroom In Response To Bill 66: Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act AECEO 2019 Ontario Budget Submission Inclusion Is An Experience, Not A Placement (Abstract) Profiles Of The Nominees For The 2019-2020 Provincial Board Of Directors  For this issue, the full publication is being made available to the public.
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    Wage Enhancement Grant to continue in 2019-20

    The Ministry of Education has confirmed that the wage enhancement grant will continue in 2019-20. Also confirmed was that child care spending this year will the same as last year, with the addition of the new tax credit announced in yesterday's Budget. Many thanks to all who participated in getting petitions signed, emailing their MPPs and raising this issue to the level that the government had to listen! This shows that advocacy campaigns do work and we will continue to fight for a professional wage and decent work in the early years and child care sector and a funded wage grid with a minimum $25/hour for RECEs. Toronto Star article
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