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Rachel Vickerson published New Fact Sheet: CWELCC Wage Improvement Funds in News 2022-05-24 15:02:00 -0400
With the introduction of the Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care (CWELCC) system, there is a new funding model for licensed child care in Ontario, including some new wage improvement funds for Registered Early Childhood Educators (RECEs) working in licensed child care. The AECEO, in collaboration with the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care, has put together a fact sheet to clarify the impact of this new wage improvement funding on staff in a variety of scenarios.
The summary is provided in the interest of public information, and should not be taken as an endorsement of this wage funding system. We know that these new wage improvement funds are insufficient to address the low wages and workforce retention and recruitment issues currently facing in the child care sector. To adequately address the child care workforce shortage, we need a workforce strategy that provides decent work and pay for all Early Years and Child Care staff.
The OCBCC and AECEO will continue to advocate for a real workforce strategy that includes:
- All Early Years and Child Care workers and providers, including those in Extended Day Programs, home child care and EarlyON programs;
- A salary scale starting at $25 per hour for all child care workers and $30 per hour for RECEs;
- Paid sick days;
- Paid professional development time;
- Paid programming time.
Note that this document is provided for general information only and should not replace specific information you have received from your employer or Human Resources department. If you have any questions about how this specifically applies to you, please consult with your employer. Unionized centres with Collective Agreements are advised by the Government of Ontario to seek legal consultation on the application of these policies.
The AECEO is deeply disappointed in the 2022 Ontario Budget, which provides no new provincial funding or support for Early Childhood Educators, early years staff, and the early years sector. The Canada-Ontario Early Learning and Child Care Agreement represents a significant and important step forward for the sector, but we know the workforce commitments in the agreement alone will do little to address the growing recruitment and retention crisis. We know educators, and the work you do with children and families, is worth more than the inadequate $18/hour wage floor and the continued status quo. We will continue to advocate for a real provincial workforce strategy and salary grid – one that will provide good careers with fair wages and decent working conditions for educators and early years staff. Without it, Ontario won’t be able to staff existing child care spaces, let alone expand to serve more families.
From the Roadmap to Universal Child Care in Ontario, to our Pre-Budget Submission and the recent Breaking Point Campaign, we have been consistent and persistent in our advocacy, raising the voice of Early Childhood Educators and early years staff directly to the Ministry of Education. It is your experiences and stories that make undeniably clear the impact of policy and funding decisions on educators' well-being, pedagogy and practice and the experiences and well-being of children and families. We look forward to the sector’s collective advocacy in the months ahead as we continue to raise our voices together. We also invite educators and allies to join us on May 1 as we rally together in Toronto and Ottawa and launch our Worth More Campaign.
We are hiring!
Position: Communications and Outreach Coordinator (part-time)
Deadline for application: Monday May 16 2022, 11:59 PM
The Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario is the professional association for Early Childhood Educators (ECEs). We advocate for respect, recognition and appropriate wages and working conditions for all ECEs. We work collectively and collaboratively with communities to build and support a strong collective voice for early childhood educators so they can participate in and influence positive change that benefits ECEs, children, families and communities.
Job Description: As part of the AECEO’s Mobilizing The Early Childhood Workforce In The Movement For Decent Work project funded by The Atkinson Foundation, the Communications and Outreach Coordinator is responsible for coordinating external communications, social media and outreach activities for the AECEO’s decent work project. The Communication and Outreach Coordinator will work closely in collaboration with the Office Administrator & Membership coordinator, the Decent Work: Community Organizer and the Building Leadership and Learning Communities Team. The position reports to the Executive Director.
- Manage social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter & Instagram) including the development and execution of creative, engaging social media strategies, creating original posts/content, sharing sector/decent work campaign news, and responding to followers/comments
- Develop, format and schedule e-blasts on the NationBuilder platform
- Plan, develop and coordinate communication strategies as they relate to decent work campaign events including programs, promotional strategies and materials, and outreach
- Participate in the development and implementation of membership outreach, retention and recruitment efforts/campaigns and materials
- Participate in the draft & dissemination of press releases/media advisories and contribute to the creation of AECEO policy responses and submissions to government
- Contribute to the content, publication and dissemination process for the AECEO’s quarterly eceLINK magazine
- Manage the organization’s NationBuilder website including maintenance & development, content creation, and architecture/layout
- Participate in weekly team meetings, and regular scheduled meetings with project partners
Post-secondary degree or diploma in communications or marketing field, or equivalent professional combination of education and experience. Knowledge or experience in the early childhood education sector is a strong asset.
Skills, knowledge, and experience
- Strong writing skills
- Project and time management skills
- Demonstrated familiarity and competency with standard office software and video conferencing technology e.g., Microsoft Office 365, Zoom, Google Meet
- Strong social media management experience and competencies including but not limited to: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok
- Familiarity with or ability to learn how to use Nationbuilder
- Ability to build and maintain strong and collaborative relationships with diverse partners and stakeholders
- Ability to work evenings and weekends and flexible hours
- Ability to work within anti-racist and anti-oppressive frameworks
- Familiarity with graphic tools e.g. Canva or Adobe Creative Suite
- Knowledge of/experience in early childhood education sector or women’s issues
- Experience working with racialized communities, knowledge of anti-racism work, and the ability to work within racially diverse teams
- Commitment to maintaining a caring, non-hierarchical, organizational culture and an understanding of care ethics
- Knowledge and understanding of critical theories of early childhood
- Knowledge and understanding of decent work movement and labour issues
This is a part-time (20 hours), salaried, contract position for 2 years with the possibility of extension.
The AECEO is committed to leading with our values and ethics. This means we value the lived experiences of our applicants and believe potential and passion can be as valuable as credentials. We encourage applications from Black, First Nation, Métis, Inuit, and racialized individuals; Two-Spirit, non-binary, trans, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer people; disabled people; and members of other equity-seeking groups. As part of our learning and growth, we have made a commitment to implementing anti-racist hiring practices, which we have outlined below.
If you are contacted by the AECEO regarding this job opportunity and require an accommodation due to disability to participate in the recruitment and selection process, please advise and we will work with you to meet your needs.
Start Date: TBD (June 2022)
Salary: $57,000 prorated at 20 hours/week ($32,571).
Work location: Remote/from home
Please submit cover letter, and resume to [email protected] by Monday May 16th 2022, 11:59 PM
Only candidates who are selected for interviews will be contacted. Interviews will take place in May 2022. A short assignment will be requested from candidates when confirming an interview.
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
Paid interview policy
In recognition of the time and labour of preparing for and attending an interview, the AECEO financially compensates interviewees at a fixed rate of $75 per interview. The AECEO will send interviewees the interview questions 24 hours in advance of the interview to allow them time to process the questions. If a candidate is asked to prepare a presentation or assignment for an interview, AECEO will financially compensate the candidate for that work at a rate equal to the hourly rate for the position, based on the number of hours the hiring committee believes the task should take. The organization will not use ideas from presentations or assignments of candidates not selected for the position.