Happy New Year, Happy 2019!!

As we reflect on 2018, we are inspired to continue to advocate for the socially important and valuable work of ECEs and early years staff that happens around the province with children, families and in communities.

We know we can make a difference, we have seen it happen - but we cannot do it alone. Thank you to the tireless work of our members, volunteers, and ECEs and early years staff around the province who contribute their time and voice to change.



Together we will make a difference in 2019. Together We are Stronger! #ECEPower #DecentWork #ProfessionalPay



On November 20, 2018 federal politicians heard firsthand about Canada's child care crisis and benefits of a universal system.   

Nearly 100 child care advocates - parents, grandparents, educators, activists - were part of the largest lobbying effort on Parliament Hill for child care in over a decade.  Organized by Child Care Now, the AECEO took part in over 60 meetings with MPs and Senators and shared personal stories, research and policy recommendations to create a universal child care system.   Using the theme #ChildCareChampion we asked politicians to commit to moving the issue forward in their roles in government, within their parties, on committees and in the Senate. 

Want to get involved?  

Join the Professional Pay and Decent Work Campaign and get involved with a Decent Work Community of Practice or contact us and we can help you write a letter to your MP. 

Your voice matters!  Together we can make a difference!



Humans of ECE...Share your short story

This action is designed to raise the profile of ECEs and early years staff, while also highlighting some of the challenges you face in the early years. 

Think about what makes you special as an ECE or early years staff and what challenges you may face related to this.  Download the template here, write your short story and take a picture of you holding it and send it to us at info.aeceo@gmail.com

To see more Humans of ECE stories...click here.




To find out more about the Professional Pay and Decent Work Campaign click here


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    AECEO welcomes new Executive Coordinator, Farewell to Alana Powell

    The AECEO Board of Directors is very pleased to introduce Rachel Lafferty as the AECEO’s Executive Coordinator.

    Rachel Lafferty is a Registered Early Childhood Educator with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Health Science and a Bachelor of Education degree with an Ontario College of Teachers registration in addition to a Master of Education graduate degree with a specialization in Distance Education.

    She was the first member of her immediate and extended family to earn postsecondary credentials and did so while owning and operating a small business full-time. Rachel has experience teaching in early learning, elementary school, and college settings. While coordinating an Indigenous Early Childhood Education program for nearly seven years, she wrote ECE curriculum with an Indigenous focus and established successful partnerships with various stakeholders and community organizations. This included the establishment of a partnership with Contact North to provide an online ECE program that would allow students who would otherwise not have the opportunity, due to geographic and other barriers, to earn their ECE credential.

    Rachel has extensive experience teaching children and adults in both face-to-face and online classrooms in addition to part-time ECE Professorships in the college system. She believes strongly in professional advocacy and is looking forward to working with the Association of Early Childhood Educators as Executive Coordinator.

    Ms. Lafferty currently resides in Peterborough with her spouse and family.


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