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

    From Reopening to Recovery

    A Plan for Child Care Reopening in Ontario and Moving to a Publicly Funded System On May 19th, the Ontario government announced that “a gradual reopening of child care is expected to begin when the province is ready to transition to Stage 2 based on public health criteria”.  In response, and informed by sector consultation, public health guidelines and recommendations, and a scan of the best available evidence from other jurisdictions, the AECEO and the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care have developed recommendations "From Reopening to Recovery: A plan for child care reopening in Ontario and moving to a publicly funded system" with the goal of ensuring:  A safe reopening Adequate funding and support for educators and programs; and A strengthened child care system at the core of economic and social recovery. Ensuring that these recommendations are enacted across Ontario will require concerted and determined community advocacy. We need every partner and ally to demand nothing less than a safe, supported reopening that protects children, families, educators, early years staff and programs.   Please go HERE to send an email to your federal and provincial representatives supporting a safe reopening and recovery. Executive Summary: Child care centres across Ontario have been closed in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. This report sets out the steps needed to ensure the safe, healthy reopening of child care. To achieve this, we need adequate funding and support for educators and programs. With this support, a strengthened child care system could be the core of economic and social recovery.  The challenge Today, the Province has not put the necessary support in place. The early years and child care sector is unheard, unrecognized, underfunded and, therefore, unprepared. RECEs and early years staff want to return to work but are very concerned about what it will look like. Some of their most urgent concerns are:  Being able to protect themselves while at work;  Having the appropriate staff, resources, and support to implement new health and safety protocols in their program; and  Their program’s ability to access supplies and implement new health and safety procedures.  Recommendations Based on our extensive consultation with the early years and child care sector this report presents 27 detailed recommendations to ensure a safe and healthy reopening and recovery. They provide in-depth advice to government on the need for transparency, health assurances, guidelines, access to space, testing, safety supplies and equipment, funding, employment conditions, communication, and training. We call for meeting or exceeding current best practices in Emergency Child Care for reopening, including greatly reduced groups sizes and enhanced staff to child ratios, and full base funding for child care programs. We estimate that this approach will mean tripling the child care budget. We need the federal and provincial government to work together to ensure that the necessary funding and policy is in place. Next steps We cannot stop at reopening. Early learning and child care programs must be a priority for both economic and social recovery: The economic recession triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic is disproportionately impacting women. Programs to support women’s employment must be at the heart of Canada’s plans for economic recovery.  To properly support a generation of young children to recover from the trauma of the Covid-19 pandemic requires Canada to finally treat child care as a priority, rather than an afterthought.  Our children and families – and the educators that support them – deserve no less. Download the Full Report HERE. Download the Executive Summary HERE. Press Release  Toronto Star article on the report.
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    Early Learning and Child Care at the Core

    In partnership with the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care, we have outlined essential short and long term components for any plan for early learning and child care, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes short-term actions to stabilize the sector and protect educators and families. But our community, and our governments, must also be looking ahead to recovery post-pandemic. We need our governments to commit to and fund a long-term strategy that puts child care at the core of social and economic recovery. We need all levels of government to act. Goals: Protect educators, families and programs. Put early learning and child care at the core of recovery. Action 1: Provide emergency funding that ensures professional wages Action 2: Consult the early learning and child care sector on a safe, responsible and transparent re-opening plan Action 3: Provide substantial new funding for health and safety, staff training and supports, paid sick days, etc. Action 4: Plan and expand the early learning and child care – child care for all! Action 5: Base fund the child care system so that child care continues to be free for parents. We are calling on the provincial and federal governments to ensure that the health, safety and well-being of educators and families is part of any re-opening plan, and to put child care at the core of social and economic recovery. Click HERE to find out more and to send an email to your elected officials to ask for their support. 
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