International Women's Day 2018

Since 1917, March 8th has been recognized as International Women's Day. This year's theme is #PressforProgress

We will post updates and list events that are taking place across Ontario. Stay tuned for more information! 

Download and share our SAVE THE DATE flyer for the IWD march in Toronto taking place on March 3rd 2018. The AECEO is working with our partners to bring out the largest child care and early years contingent that we've ever had at the Toronto march. 

Save the Date flyer (printer friendly) (full colour)

 


AECEO Pre-budget submission

February, 2018 

Empirical research consistently demonstrates that high-quality early childhood education and care is directly linked to well-educated and qualified registered early childhood educators (RECE).  The compensation and support available to educators and staff must recognize the essential role that they play in children’s days, months, years and future outcomes.  Fair and appropriate wages and working conditions cannot be based solely or primarily on parent fees as the existing market model of child care instantiates. Staffing expenses are, typically 80-90% of child care centres’ operating budgets, while centre revenues are generated primarily from parent fees. With parent fees already beyond the budget of the majority of Ontario families, the only viable solution to creating access to high quality, affordable child care programs is through significant government funds devoted to the recruitment and retention of qualified, RECE professionals.

Turnover is much lower in a stable system where wages and working conditions for educators and staff are prioritized.  Research shows that good wages and working conditions contribute to job satisfaction and ultimately to better outcomes for children and families. Improving recruitment and retention is critical with the anticipated demand for RECEs in more child care and EarlyON spaces.

Executive Summary of Budget Action Recommendations

  • Implement a workforce strategy to ensure all ECEC staff have professional pay and decent work;
  • Implement a provincial wage scale with a $25/hr minimum and a benefit package, including paid sick and personal leave days, for registered early childhood educators. We advise that the Government should commit at least $375 million as a first step to establishing a province-wide wage scale for RECEs and program staff with entry level pay for RECEs at $25 per hour and commensurate compensation for other program staff;
  • We support the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care in their call to allocate $600 million as a down payment on affordability; Begin operational funding of all licensed infant and toddler spaces in child care centres and establish a sliding fee scale in 2018-19; Expand the capital funding for the non-profit and public sectors to make a real difference in availability of child care spaces; Ensure all funding is indexed to inflation; Commit funding and resources to support system infrastructure including data and research;

Click here for AECEO's full submission


eceLINK Winter 2017-2018 issue published

eceLINK_winter2017-18.png  In This Issue:

  • Transforming Work in Ontario's Early Years and Child Care Sector
  • Decent Work Charter and Supporting Documents
  • Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education Annual Conference, 2017
  • Book Review: Far from the tree, written by L. Michelle Coupe, Illustrated by Casandra Ward
  • Profile: Play and Learning Centres for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children

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eceLINK Winter 2017-18 Issue Now ONLINE

 

winter 2017-18 coverIn This Issue:

  • Transforming Work in Ontario's Early Years and Child Care Sector
  • Decent Work Charter and Supporting Documents
  • Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education Annual Conference, 2017
  • Book Review: Far from the tree, written by L. Michelle Coupe, Illustrated by Casandra Ward
  • Profile: Play and Learning Centres for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children

 

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AECEO responds to Regulatory Registry Consultation Document

Response re: Regulatory Registry Consultation Document supporting the Renewed Early Years and Child Care Policy Framework under the Child Care and Early Years Act (CCEYA), 2014

 

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AECEO's Decent Work Task Force Calls for $25/hr minimum for all RECEs in Ontario

The Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario (AECEO) has been leading the charge to improve wages and working conditions for Registered Early Childhood Educators (RECEs) and staff in Ontario.The AECEO’s Decent Work Task Force delivers our workforce strategy recommendations to the provincial government today - November 30th 

We are calling for a commitment from the Ontario government to bring all RECEs up to $25/hr to reflect their level of education and the value of their work.

Read the full report here.

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Ministry of Education to provide wage support for licenced child care centres

Campaigning and leadership success!! The Ministry of Education will fund child care programs to meet the financial demands of the increased minimum wage. RECEs and staff will receive the $2/hour wage enhancement on top of the new $14 min wage in 2018. This is a huge win for the licensed child care sector and one step closer to professional pay for all RECEs and early years staff in Ontario. It is also a promising signal the Province agrees that government funding rather than fee increases is the solution for professional pay and decent work in the early childhood sector!

Ministry of Education memo on wage support

Toronto Star coverage

 


Ministry of Education to provide wage support for licenced child care centres

Campaigning and leadership success!! The Ministry of Education will fund child care programs to meet the financial demands of the increased minimum wage. RECEs and staff will receive the $2/hour wage enhancement on top of the new $14 min wage in 2018. This is a huge win for the licensed child care sector and one step closer to professional pay for all RECEs and early years staff in Ontario. It is also a promising signal the Province agrees that government funding rather than fee increases is the solution for professional pay and decent work in the early childhood sector!

Ministry of Education memo on wage support

Toronto Star coverage

 


Nicole's Story

Nicole is an RECE from Toronto who shares her story about her unique experience of getting her children into quality child care. She observed the struggles RECEs were dealing with and decided to leave her job and join the sector to learn more, and do her part in supporting the children, families and communities involved. 

 


Kathleen's Story

Kathleen Matharoo is a Registered Early Childhood Educator from Kitchener who works at an Ontario Early Years Child and Family Centre. She is passionate about family support programs and her role in supporting children, families and communities but also feels undervalued because RECEs in family supports are not eligible for the $2 Wage Enhancement Grant. 


Shona's Story

Shona Mills is a Registered Early Childhood Educator from Burlington.  Her story outlines the impact of being unable to afford child care as a single parent and how the $2 wage grant roll out’s effect on the RECEs she knew motivated her to create an advocacy group to use her voice to create change. 


Tracy's Story

Tracy Dore is an RECE from Ginoogaming First Nation. Tracy shares her concerns about the children of her small community, and desires of providing them with the quality care and education they need and deserve. 


Shana's Story

Shana Kealey is a single parent living in Scarborough.  Her story details her struggles of not being able to find accessible, affordable child care.  Shana took to Social media to create awareness for the lack of child care in her community that resulted in Toronto Children's Services reaching out to find her a space after 4000 views of her video. She has continued to advocate for affordable child care across Toronto. Shana joined our Building Skills for Change workshop in Toronto and shared with ECEs in the importance of sharing your story to advocate for change.


Share your Story - Carolyn Ferns

SYCCS_Launch-2.pngThe child care story project is an important part of the AECEO’s Professional Pay & Decent Work Campaign. Our goal is to collect and share stories from across the province to highlight the need for quality affordable early years and child care programs where registered early childhood educators and staff are well supported with professional pay and decent work

Our first video is from Carolyn Ferns.  Carolyn first started her career as an ECE working in an infant/toddler room when she realized that there was an overwhelming amount of families unable to afford licensed child care and that the ECE profession was extremely underpaid.  Carolyn then decided to return to school to further her career in ECE research so that she could make a change.  

Everyone has a child care story to share: we are asking RECEs, early years staff, parents, children and community members to share their child care stories in support of the AECEO’s Professional Pay & Decent Work campaign. 

You can send your completed story to [email protected] and/or share on social media and be sure to tag the AECEO and your MPP along with Minister Indira Naidoo-Harris @MPPIndiraNH and Premier Kathleen Wynne @Kathleen_Wynne 

More tips on how to Share your Story


Take five minutes to participate in a campaign action that you can do right now!

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Please join our campaign by 
Pledging Your Support Online Now!

If you haven't done so yet, please sign the online pledge to add your support for the Professional Pay & Decent Work campaign 

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New Peer Reviewed eceLINK Now ONLINE!

Introducing Our New and Improved eceLINK!

The AECEO Board, Editorial Committee and staff are very excited to present the first issue of a revamped and improved eceLINK. This issue offers the debut of the Peer Reviewed Collection, on the topic of Collaborative Practice and Pedagogies. Along with the exciting debut of the Peer Reviewed Collection is a fresh new design that brings the look of the magazine right up to date. A selection of interesting articles on a variety of topics in early childhood will keep you reading every page!

Making space for the peer reviewed articles means some adjustment to our regular content.  You will find the new member list and donor thanks, as well as the full list of AECEO Certified members, in the Winter 2017-2018 issue. We hope to publish the Peer Reviewed Collection in every other issue and the new members and donor thanks will now also be published in every other issue. The Editorial Committee plans to continue developing new, regular eceLINK features that will add interest and value to the publication for AECEO members.

Much appreciation and thanks go to the eceLINK editorial committee for their hard work and expertise:

Rachel Langford, Ph.D. Editor of the Peer Reviewed Collection
Brooke Richardson, Ph.D. Publication Co-Chair
Laura Coulman RECE, Ph.D Candidate, Publication Co-Chair
Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw, Ph.D.
Goranka Vukelich RECE, Ph.D.
Shani Halfon RECE, MA ECS

We hope you enjoy reading this issue as much as we did putting it together.

AECEO Provincial Board of Directors

In This Issue:

  • Creating Inclusive Early Learning Environments for LGBTQ2+ Families (Featured article available to the public)
  • Bringing Nature to Niagara’s Youngest Children: Early Childhood Community Development Centre’s Naturalized Playgrounds Project
  • Professional Pay and Decent Work Project Update: Mobilizing community voices for professional pay and decent work in the early childhood sector

Peer Reviewed Collection

  • (Re)Imagining and (Re)Engaging in Relational Encounters: Communities of Practice for (Re)Vitalizing Pedagogies
  • “Good-bye Mr. Raccoon, we’ll miss you!” Supporting children’s explorations of life and death in a forest

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CALL FOR ARTICLES

Issue: Spring/Summer 2018

Special issue: Indigenous Practices and Knowledge in Early Childhood Education

Submission deadline: January 4, 2018

Find out more here





eceLINK Fall 2017 Issue Now ONLINE

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Introducing Our New and Improved eceLINK!

The AECEO Board, Editorial Committee and staff are very excited to present the first issue of a revamped and improved eceLINK. This issue offers the debut of the Peer Reviewed Collection, on the topic of Collaborative Practice and Pedagogies. Along with the exciting debut of the Peer Reviewed Collection is a fresh new design that brings the look of the magazine right up to date. A selection of interesting articles on a variety of topics in early childhood will keep you reading every page!

Making space for the peer reviewed articles means some adjustment to our regular content.  You will find the new member list and donor thanks, as well as the full list of AECEO Certified members, in the Winter 2017-2018 issue. We hope to publish the Peer Reviewed Collection in every other issue and the new members and donor thanks will now also be published in every other issue. The Editorial Committee plans to continue developing new, regular eceLINK features that will add interest and value to the publication for AECEO members.

In This Issue:

  • Creating Inclusive Early Learning Environments for LGBTQ2+ Families (featured article available to the public) 
  • Bringing Nature to Niagara’s Youngest Children: Early Childhood Community Development Centre’s Naturalized Playgrounds Project
  • Professional Pay and Decent Work Project Update: Mobilizing community voices for professional pay and decent work in the early childhood sector

Peer Reviewed Collection

  • (Re)Imagining and (Re)Engaging in Relational Encounters: Communities of Practice for (Re)Vitalizing Pedagogies
  • “Good-bye Mr. Raccoon, we’ll miss you!” Supporting children’s explorations of life and death in a forest

 

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Professional Pay and Decent Work Campaign Activities

Professional Pay and Decent Work Action page!

The AECEO and our Task Force present the Ontario Early Childhood Sector Decent Work Charter.

The AECEO's Professional Pay & Decent Work Campaign has been successfully engaging and organizing hundreds of RECEs, early years staff, parents and community members across Ontario to advocate for quality affordable early years and child care programs where RECEs and staff are well supported with professional pay and decent work. 

Early childhood educators, staff, parents, children and community members can work together to shape the future of Ontario’s early years and child care system. Below are some ways you can participate in the Week of Action!! We will keep you posted as week of action events develop across the province! 

The Ontario Early Childhood Sector Decent Work Charter has been developed by the Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario (AECEO) Decent Work Taskforce as one of the components to mobilizing a collective effort to achieve greater recognition and improved compensation and working conditions for those employed in the sector.

Ontario Early Childhood Sector Decent Work Charter

We've created a Campaign Tool Kit to support local communities and their members as they engage in campaign actions.

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25th International RECE Conference

Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada • October 24 –27, 2017
Preconference workshops and preschool visits • October 23-24

The theme of this year's conference is Finding a Home in the World: Migration, Indigeneity, and Citizenship. Recent events shine new light on a familiar theme – the wrenching displacement of large populations because of war, violence, religious persecution, poverty, environmental disasters, and human-made climate change.

More information


EQUAL WORK, EQUAL PAY

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Make Bill 148 meaningful in second reading

An open letter to Premier Wynne, Minister Naidoo-Harris, and Minister Flynn

Ontario Pay Coalition 

As Bill 148 goes into its second reading, the Ontario Equal Pay Coalition calls on Madame Premier, and Ministers Flynn and Naidoo-Harris to close the loopholes in Bill 148 during second reading to ensure that the equal pay provisions deliver meaningful protection for workers. 

Read the letter and the proposed amendments to section 42 in full.


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